Flood Restoration Work Continues on the Monongahela National Forest


According to a press release from the USDA Forest Service dated October 20th, areas damaged on the Monongahela National Forest by the June 2016 Flood continue to be restored to their pre-flood condition.

Gauley Mountain Road, or Forest Road 24 near Sharp Knob, was closed in late August so that contractors could replace culverts, report slope failures and resurface the road. These repairs have been completed, and the Gauley Mountain Road has been reopened to public motor vehicle use.

Jakeman Run Road, or Forest Road 83, the access road to Camp Splinter, is now closed to all users, including motor vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians, for culvert replacement, rip rap placement and road resurfacing. The Jakeman Run Road should reopen in mid-November.

Blue Bend Beach at Blue Bend Recreation Area and the area adjacent to the beach extending ten feet into Anthony Creek are now closed to all users so that the flagstone beach can be restored.

The Forest Service closes areas in order to provide for public safety during repair work. Areas and roads are reopened as soon as they are safe for public use. For the latest information about area or road closures, folks can view “Alerts and Notices” at the Monongahela National Forest webpage at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mnf/alerts-notices.  That link will be available in the posting of this news story online at www.alleghenymountainradio.org.

For more information, Angela Parrish, Flood Restoration program manager, can be reached at 304-799-4334 extension 16 or atparrish@fs.fed.us.


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