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CR 603 between Tabscott and Kents Store is closed due to flooding. A cyclist who called ACA mentioned he spoke to a road worker who said that there may be other closures in the areas due to local heavy rains, but that water levels should start dropping quickly, so closures will likely be temporary. VA DOT has not posted any detours. A workable detour on mostly low traffic county roads (based on satellite imagery, Google traffic data) can be found in the following map link:

https://goo.gl/maps/WPwegohBUAv

Nathan Taylor
ACA Cartographer

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The Bluewater Ferry across the St. Clair River between Marine City MI and Sombra ON has been compromised by ice dams over the winter of 2018. Officials don't know whether the ferry will re-open.

Multiple new outlets reporting on the situation, including these:
http://www.voicenews.com/news/communities-rally-for-blue-water-ferry/article_dfe05b9b-af7f-59b3-a707-2baca1e91b91.html
https://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/marine-city/2018/03/07/mitchell-urges-help-bluewater-ferry-letter-ambassador/401455002/

There is a ferry to the south between Walpole Island ON and Algonac MI.
http://walpoleislandferry.ca/
Bicycles are $2.00.
First Ferry from Canada: 6:50 a.m. First Ferry from USA: 7:00 a.m.
Last Ferry from Canada: 9:45 p.m.    Last Ferry from USA: 10:00 p.m.

Nathan Taylor
ACA Cartographer

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Routes / Re: Memorial Day start for Idaho Hot Springs MBR?
« on: March 19, 2018, 12:45:52 pm »
Most Sawtooth/Salmon River Mountains area snotel stations reporting less than 100% snow water equivalent, not like the +150% we're seeing further north. This is percent of average from 1981-2010. Here is a handy link to the NRCS Interactive Map: https://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/webmap

I would say this will be an average to below average year on IHSMBR, unless spring brings a ton of precip. So planning to start a trip late Jun/early July seems reasonable. Early Jun often brings fickle weather to the northern Rockies, not to mention increased temps leading to a lot of runoff; so water levels will be higher. But depending on what happens the next couple months, you could be good. I would keep an eye on weather and check out this map in the meantime.

Hope this helps!

Nathan

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There is a section of SR 106 4 mi. W. of Ellington, MO that will be closed from Aug 10-Sep 11 2017. A signed detour has been posted. According to a cyclist who was recently in the area: "There is a road closed sign approx. ½ mile before the actual closure. At the site where the road is being repaired there is a second barricade. You can exit the highway at the barricade (make a right) and use the dry creek road to get around the area. The county has opened the creek bottom up to local traffic."

Here is a news release of the closure: http://www.modot.org/southeast/news_and_information/District10Release.shtml?action=displaySSI&newsId=212373


Nathan Taylor
ACA Cartographer

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Thanks threepin. I believe this is the detour you suggest: https://goo.gl/maps/8JNs7LkxJRC2

It is helpful to hear that the Stryker-Upper Whitefish Rd. goes. I've passed the intersection on the main route, but have never ridden that road. Note the sign at the intersection does call it "Stryker-Upper Whitefish Rd.", not Fitzsimmons Rd.

Great to reduce those highway miles too!

Nathan
ACA Cartographer

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As of 5/2, there are reports that this road closure is no longer in effect. Check the Illinois DOT for confirmation.

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Per ODOT, chip sealing/bridge repair project will take place sometime mid-June through September on 30 miles of US 26 between intersection with SR 19 and Mt. Vernon. Flaggers and pilot cars will be directing traffic through the work zone. Plan extra time to ride through the area. Once underway, the project should take about 3 weeks to complete.

See ODOT's media release (attached) for more info. And be sure to check the ODOT website for status as project date nears: http://www.tinyurl.com/odot-region5

Nathan Taylor
ACA Cartographer

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Here is a detour option from Featherville to Hailey, which is directly south of Ketchum (and shown on the IDHS Main Route map):
https://goo.gl/maps/GLRlO

From Featherville, the route departs the Main Route and heads south to Pine on the Pine-Featherville Rd (shown on the map). From Pine, the route heads further south and east but without ever having to ride US 20. The route will eventually hook into Croy Creek Rd. and into Hailey (also on the map), where you could either ride Highway 75 or the Wood River Trail north into Ketchum. Services are available in the town of Fairfield at about the halfway point. And the distance is similar to the Main Route.

If you choose to ride this detour, do so at your own discretion. Check beforehand with IDOT and Sawtooth NF for current condition of the roads.

Nathan Taylor
ACA Cartographer

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As of 8/21, a segment of the Lolo Trail/FR 500 is closed due to fire activity. The closure is between the route intersection with FR 560 and Pete Forks Junction, on map panels 91 and 91A.

Also the Wendover, Whitehouse, Powell and White Sand USFS campgrounds (maps 89-90) on US 12 are all closed due to fire activity.

Be sure to check the USFS Nez Perce-Clearwater Alerts and Notices webpage for updates: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices


Nathan Taylor
ACA Cartographer

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Per WDOT: State Highway 20 is closed between Thornton Creek Rd (MP 118) and SR 153 (MP 204) due to fire activity. No detour is available. This affects sizeable portions of Northern Tier Section 1, Washington Parks Section 2 and Sierra Cascades Section 1 route maps.

Also US Highway 97 is closed from milepost 299 at Riverside to milepost 303 near Tonasket. There is a detour available. This is on Northern Tier Section 1.

Cyclists are advised to keep checking the WDOT Travel Alerts webpage (http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/northcentral.aspx?refnum=197896&action=2&aw=1) prior to riding the routes through these areas.

Nathan Taylor
ACA Cartographer

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More info about avoiding these fire closures:
At narrative cue, "208.5(335.5)-Turn right onto State Hwy. 83" (where Kraft Cr. Rd./FR 561 intersects Hwy. 83), continue south on Hwy. 83 all the way to Seeley Lake. There are multiple camping options off the highway, though no other services until town. As of 8/19, the Morrell Cr. Rd. east of Seeley Lake remains open.

Nathan Taylor
ACA Cartographer

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Routes / Re: Foreigner needs assistance with epic solo bike trip.
« on: June 01, 2015, 12:22:00 pm »
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The ACA GPS data for Allegheny Mtns Loop is in waypoint format. Waypoints are available for both turns and services, though services data are a members-only benefit. Turns and their derived routes (for autonavigation with basemaps on a handheld GPS) are available to the public at-large. The delivered file format is .gpx, though multiple other conversions are possible. A method you might employ would be to turn the GPS routes into tracks in a program like Garmin Basecamp, export to gpx or tcx (or other filetype if desired), and load. Unfortunately the output will be a low-resolution route line, but it should pass through each turn point location. Service waypoints (if you choose to use them) for the entire route should display assuming that you haven't loaded any other turn waypoints (your device has a 200 waypoint limit per file). The route has 87 service waypoints and 161 turn waypoints.

FIT files record activity data but generally aren't widely used for navigational purposes. Not to say a procedure for using them can't be concocted, but more research would be required on your behalf.

Best,

Nathan Taylor
ACA Cartographer


 

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The Lewis and Clark River bridge (US 101 Bus) west of Miles Crossing is closed for repair from Dec 1- approx Aug 1 2015. This closure will affect LC Sec7 map #112, TA Sec1 map #1 and PC Sec2 map #14. For updates see the project webpage here: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION2/Pages/U.S.-101B-Bridge-Construction-News.aspx.

A detour following US 101 on the Youngs Bay Bridge should be signed during closure. Traffic is heavy but shoulders are decent.

Nathan Taylor
ACA Cartographer

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Atlantic Coast Section 3 maps 35-36, south of Guinea, Stonewall Jackson Rd./CR 606 is closed for bridge replacement over the Poni River (labeled "Po" River on maps) until approx. Jun 2016. For more updates, check the project website: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/fredericksburg/route_606_stonewall_jackson_road_bridge_closure.asp
For a detour around the closure, see this Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/AjUAc. Note that this detour utilizes more heavily trafficked US Highway 1 for 3 miles,  and passes through the full service town of Thornburg instead of entering Guinea.

Nathan Taylor
ACA Cartographer

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Jackson Pike is closed to traffic for bridge deck replacement over the E. Fk. Little Miami River from Aug 18-Dec 19 2014. For NB riders it is recommended to continue on SR 133 west then north of Williamsburg, then rejoin the route west of the closure. Reverse directions for SB riders.

A Google map of the detour is here: http://goo.gl/maps/XRai7
Project website: http://www.clermontengineer.org/JacksonPike.aspx

Nathan Taylor
GIS Specialist
Adventure Cycling Association

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