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Upper Hoh Rd. (which intersects with the route) is closed for road repairs from 9/5/18 through 10/6/18 from the Olympic National Park boundary eastward into the Park. The boundary begins 12 miles from US 101. There is no access allowed to the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Campground.

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Due to military operations, the Old Pacific Coast Highway and bike path will be closed from San Onofre State Beach (I-5 Exit 71) to the Las Pulgas gate (I-5 Exit 62) from Sept. 24-28 and Oct. 1-5, 2018. Bicyclists may ride on the I-5 shoulder during the indicated days of the Old Pacific Highway closure.

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There is extensive road construction on SR A1A/200 from I-95 east to Amelia Island. Completion is currently scheduled for summer 2020. Bike lanes and shoulders are missing so cyclists should avoid riding the highway during rush hours. Kyle at SuperCorsa Cycles on Amelia Island has provided an online detour between Yulee and Amelia Island which is safer: https://www.supercorsacycles.com/touring

Thanks Kyle!

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Large parts of the Capital Crescent Trail are temporarily closed due to construction for a light rail line. It will reopen sometime in 2022. A local member gave us this detour:
Southbound: At turn J, turn right onto Jones Mill Rd., then immediately turn left onto Jones Bridge Rd. Go 1.7 mi. At Rockville Pike (also unsigned Wisconsin Ave.) turn left. Go 1.1 mi. At Bethesda Ave., turn right. Go 0.2 mi., then turn left onto signed Georgetown Branch Trail. The Trail is on the left just past the intersection of Bethesda Ave. and Woodmont Ave.
Northbound: At Bethesda Ave., turn right. Go 0.2 mi. At Wisconsin Ave., turn left. Go 1.1 mi. At Jones Bridge Rd., turn right. Go 1.7 mi. At 'T", turn right onto Jones Mill Rd., then immediately turn left onto signed Georgetown Branch Trail.

For a different signed detour see http://www.purplelinemd.com/en/cctrail

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In Colorado, the Sugarloaf fire is burning southeast of Kremmling and the Williams Fork Reservoir, just southeast of CR 3. Air quality in the Williams Fork Valley along CR 3 is deemed dangerous. To detour around this use SR 9 between Kremmling and the Ute Pass Rd.

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In the Helena National Forest on section 2 map A (on the new 2018 maps), the road between turn G and turn H will be closed from July 23 to Sept. 30, 2018 due to hazardous tree removal. Trees will be felled into the roadway, then a contractor with large equipment will be moving trees into piles on the North and South Fork Quartz Creek Roads. These roads will be closed to the public. The detour around this closure is to follow the Boulder Alternate.

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Record-breaking drought conditions have caused the Carson National Forest to close the majority of the forest. On map B, the route between turn B (in southern Colorado) and turn K, near Abiquiu, is closed. We don't know the road conditions on the highways, or any service locations mentioned below. If you need services going southbound or northbound, Abiquiu is the best place.

Southbound detour: At turn B, ride west and continue on SR 17 for 15.4 mi. to Chama. At Chama, ride onto US 64/84 and continue south for 13.9 mi. US 64 leaves the route. Continue south on US 84 for 36.3 mi. to the intersection with SR 96. See the earlier topic titled: "Great Divide Section 5 - Santa Fe National Forest closure - June 1, 2018" for the next section of detour between Abiquiu and Cuba.

Northbound detour: from Abiquiu, ride northwest on US 84 for 6.5 mi. SR 96 turns right leaving the route. Continue on US 84 for 36.3 mi. US 64 joins the route. Continue north on US 64/84 for 13.9 mi. At Chama, ride north on to SR 17. Continue on SR 17 for 15.4 mi. to the intersection at turn B on Map B. Rejoin route.

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A portion of FR 532 between turn G and turn H is closed due to road slumping. The detour around it is to follow the Wind River Alternate, noted on the map.

Another road that has the potential to be closed, but isn't as of today, is Brooks Lake Rd. just east of Togwotee Pass, between turn E and turn F. If it is closed the detour is to stay on US 26/287.

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***UPDATE ON MUD CREEK SLIDE***
Great news for folks traveling through Big Sur. The Mud Creek Slide, south of Gorda that the DOT didn't think they'd have repaired until September will be opening at the end of July! Looks like work will continue but traffic will be able to pass through. https://bigsurkate.blog/2018/06/12/mud-creek-to-open-end-of-july/

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Due to the Meadow fire, the area which includes the C.D.T. Alternate is closed. For more information see: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/gila/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD582634

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Beginning June 1 the Santa Fe National Forest is closed to all recreation due to extremely high fire danger. This affects the route between Abiquiu and Cuba, NM. You will have to detour around the forest on highways.
Southbound, from Abiquiu, go 6.4 mi. NW on US 84, then turn left on SR 96 for 35.7 mi., then turn left following SR 96 for 12.9 mi., then turn left onto US 550 for 3.7 mi. to Cuba, and rejoin route.
Northbound, from Cuba, go 3.7 mi. N. on US 550, then turn right onto SR 96 for 12.9 mi., then turn right following SR 96 for 35.7 mi., then turn right onto US 84 for 6.4 mi. to Abiquiu, and rejoin route.

June 4 update - A bike shuttle between Abiquiu and Cuba is available. Please call ahead in advance to arrange, Vince Keating at Rebel's Roost in Cuba, 505-258-0231. Rebel's Roost is a hostel, located at 6526 US 550. Camping is available also.

The forest will reopen when rain falls. Here's the link to check: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/santafe/alerts-notices

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Due to construction, the Peace Bridge between Buffalo, NY and Fort Erie, ONT is closed to cyclists and pedestrians through June 2019. A shuttle is being run 6am-11pm daily. Upon arrival at the bridge, cyclists may call the supervisor at 716-949-6052 to make arrangements. Groups should call the same number and use Extension 269 to reach Chris Bonn for group accommodation.

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MAP B: The Wright Brothers Memorial bridge, US 158, is under repair going east from the mainland to Kitty Hawk. All traffic is routed onto the westbound 2-lane bridge. Barriers down the center prevent vehicles from moving left to pass cyclists. Be aware of potentially hazardous riding next to bridge railing with wind and very close passing from heavy traffic. 

MAP C: The new Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet is under construction with vehicles and equipment being used on the existing bridge. Only one lane is available at times and there are potential delays.

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The Paw Paw Tunnel on the C&O Canal towpath is closed due to construction work. It will be closed all summer, and probably through the fall of 2018. Detour routes are available for hikers and bikers. Information about the 1.5-mile hike and climb around the closure is at https://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/pawpaw-closure.htm

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From the Seeley Lake Ranger District, Seeley Lake, Montana:
NOTICE: A portion of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route was affected by the 2017 Rice Ridge Fire on the Seeley Lake Ranger District, Lolo National Forest. Bicyclists should take caution when riding along NFS Road #4353 (Morrell-Clearwater Rd.) and NFS Road #477 (Cottonwood Lakes Rd.), as they are likely to encounter standing dead trees (snags), falling rock, unstable road tread, and downed logs. Dead trees may fall unexpectedly and silently, with or without wind. Bicyclists should also expect to encounter log trucks and heavy equipment along these roads, as rehabilitation and maintenance work continues in the fire area. When encountering heavy equipment working on the roadway, bicyclists should stop and make sure they are seen by the equipment operator before proceeding through the work area. There may also be temporary delays or closures along the route. For current information on road conditions, closures or delays, call the Seeley Lake Ranger Station at 406-677-3924.

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