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I spoke to the Helena District Ranger today. Until July 23 the road will be open. The contractor is working on nearby roads but not on the one we use between turns G and H on the new maps.

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Martin:
I have been waiting for several days for someone from the Helena NF to call me back about this. If you have talked to the Helena NF and they say it's open I would go ahead and ride the main route. The small section of road that I was told is closed is only 1/2 mi. long and I think the road number is 692/South Fork Quartz Creek Rd. I was also told (by a USFS person who oversees permits in Region 1) that often a road is usually only closed in small portions even though it's stated that the entire length of a road is closed.

I will try to reach someone again this afternoon.

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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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Caltrans has announced the Mud Creek Slide construction zone on SR 1 will be opened to traffic beginning July 20, 2018.

https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/community/cambrian/article214288004.html

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Routes / Re: Western Express or the Utah Cliffs
« on: July 06, 2018, 01:59:11 pm »
This was added to the Map Updates and Corrections addenda last month for Western Express Section 3:

It appears that the campground/lodging at Lake Powell Resort and Marinas, and the store at Hite Outpost are closed. This closure means that there are NO SERVICES for 124 miles between Blanding and Hanksville. Primitive camping is still allowed along the shoreline near the boat ramp in Hite. You can also camp at the Ranger Station, which is unstaffed most of the time. The restroom next to the ranger station is open 24 hours and has water.

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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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Here is a detour to head north due to the Carson National Forest being closed to fire danger.

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.

We don't know the road conditions on the highways, or any service locations. If you need services going southbound or northbound, Abiquiu is the best place.

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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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Thanks, Pat, for answering John.

And John, sorry I thought you were kidding.

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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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I think it's approximately 32 miles where the wildfires passed through. But that's from looking at the map. Large fires burn in patchwork patterns so there still might be some green in amongst the burnt. No one on staff has been to that area to look at it.

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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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