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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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Road construction is occurring along the Generals Highway between the Giant Forest Museum and the Amphitheater Point Overlook in Sequoia National Park. There will be traffic delays with only one lane open. The Park says bicyclists are permitted through the construction zone but it is not advised due to broken or missing pavement, narrow lanes and no shoulders. If you are planning to bicycle through the construction zone, take additional consideration for delays associated with road construction. Bicyclists are subject to the same traffic-delay schedule as motorized vehicles. The project will be completed before winter of 2018/2019. The delay schedule and more information can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/road-construction.htm

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In Idaho, more than 50 miles of road repaving and two bridge replacements will occur between April and October 2018 along the Lochsa River corridor/US 12 on the Lewis & Clark Trail Section 6 map. There will be significant delays. Adventure Cycling is still talking to the Idaho Transportation Department about options to help cyclists traverse the roadway. We will post more information when we have it. For more information see: http://itd.idaho.gov/us12

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In Idaho, more than 50 miles of road repaving and two bridge replacements will occur between April and October 2018 along the Lochsa River corridor/US 12 on TransAmerica Section 3. There will be significant delays. Adventure Cycling is still talking to the Idaho Transportation Department about options to help cyclists traverse the roadway. For more information see: http://itd.idaho.gov/us12

We will post more information when we have it.

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On SR 79 1/2-mile south of Louisiana, the highway is closed due to construction on two bridges. The posted detour by Missouri DOT is about 24 miles. The highway is closed until November 2017.

The cyclists who notified us detoured via US 54 to Bowling Green, then US 61 to Troy. Elevation on their detour was almost flat due to the way US highways are graded. Both highways have wide, paved shoulders so they felt safe on these roads.

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(Sept 2017) The devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma in August and September 2017 will be long-lasting. In the short term, campgrounds and lodging will be used by aid workers and construction crews. Clean-up will take months, roads and bridges may be washed out, and some services might not reopen. If you are planning a bike tour this autumn, 2017, or winter, 2018, in the area please consider changing your plans.

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(Sept 2017) The devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma in September 2017 will be long-lasting. In the short term, campgrounds and lodging will be used by aid workers and construction crews. Clean-up will take months, roads and bridges may be washed out, and some services might not reopen. If you are planning a bike tour this autumn, 2017, or winter, 2018, in Florida please consider changing your plans.

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The devastation caused by hurricane Irma in August and September 2017 will be long-lasting. In the short term, campgrounds and lodging will be used by aid workers and construction crews. Clean-up will take months, roads and bridges may be washed out, and some services might not reopen. If you are planning a bike tour this autumn, 2017, or winter, 2018, along the southern portion of the Atlantic Coast Route please consider changing your plans.

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Due to wildfires northeast of Detroit (map 23) Forest Road 46 is closed. Because there is no way around this closure Forest Road 42 (on map 21) is also impacted. From what we can see the best detour is from US 26 on map 21, continue on southeast US 26 to Madras. Take US 97 south through Redmond into Bend. Rejoin the route near Bend on map 25. 

See the Whitewater Fire for info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5420/

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The Kenow Fire is west of Waterton. Parks Canada is actively managing parts of the Kenow Fire that have the potential to impact Waterton Lakes National Park. The fire is primarily in British Columbia but has ignited spot fires in the park at the northwestern boundary near Sage Pass. An evacuation alert is in effect for all of Waterton Lakes National Park.

All of Waterton Lakes National Park is closed, with the exception of:
-Townsite
-Highway 5/6 including Entrance Road to Townsite
-Chief Mountain Highway

For more information go to https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/waterton/securite-safety/feu-fire-kenow

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The Slinkard wildfire has impacted Hwy. 89/Monitor Pass and Hwy. 395 (maps 46 & 47). Here's a link for information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5559/40072/

Presently there are 2 wildfires in Yosemite National Park. Here is information for the Empire fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5475/ and for the Railroad fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5553/

The Railroad fire has closed Hwy. 41 at the south end of the Park (maps 50 & 51). Keep checking the web pages above for the status of closed roads and closed campgrounds in the Park.

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The Peace Bridge spans the Niagara River between Buffalo, NY and Fort Erie, ON. The sidewalks will be closed starting August 8,2017 till June 2019 due to construction. A shuttle van is being provided to help cyclists cross, see all the info at: https://gobikebuffalo.org/news/gobike-news/article:07-28-2017-12-00am-peace-bridge-sidewalks-to-close-on-august-8/

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