VALLECITO – As part of U.S. Forest Service construction on a new road south of the dam at Vallecito, explosives will again be used on Tuesday, July 9th and Wednesday, July 10th between 10 and 11 a.m. each day.
Blasting will be conducted in accordance with a U.S. Forest Service site safety plan, in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation. During each detonation, Forest Road 603 on the east side of the reservoir between Old Tymers Campground and the dam, as well as the road across the dam, will be closed. The public should also expect delays of up to an hour on Forest Road 603 following each operation to allow for debris to be removed.
Later this year, the new paved road will connect County Road 501 to Forest Road 603 via a new bridge completed last year by the Forest Service to span the spillway. An environmental assessment for the project was completed in 2004 by the Bureau of Reclamation, which owns the reservoir and dam, while the Forest Service holds the easement for public access.
For more information, contact Allen McCaw, San Juan National Forest Civil Engineer, 970 385-1314.