Road Work Is Underway On The James River And Warm Springs Ranger District

Warm Springs, VA – Forest Service roads in Highland, Bath, and Alleghany Counties are receiving road maintenance through the months of July, August and September. Roads are being graded, and ditches and culverts are being cleaned on over 100 miles of National Forest roads. The grader is currently working on the Warm Springs Ranger District.

The Recovery Act is providing funding for road repair work on National Forest roads in the White Oak Flats area, Dolly Anne, and Tri County areas of Alleghany County. The White Oak Flats is currently closed and will reopen August 1. The Tri County road, FDR 271, will be closed from approximately July 21 to September 1 to install an arch drainage structure. The Dolly Anne road, FDR 125, will also be closed for an arch installation from approximately August 15 to October 15. Roads will be closed to public use during these times. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

The James River Ranger District issued a scoping letter on July 6 that initiates the environmental analysis for the proposed Peters Mountain Road Relocation Project. This project is located approximately 9.75 miles southwest of Covington in Alleghany County. The Peters Mountain project proposes to replace lost access to National Forest land in Alleghany. This project proposes to access national forest lands by constructing and reconstructing approximately 1.3 miles of roads across both private and national forest land.

The comment period for the scoping letter is due August 6, 2010 and the decision is planned for September 30, 2010. Once a decision supporting road location is in place, the project will better be able to compete for funding to build the necessary new road.

Thank You’s

The Kiwanis Club in Alleghany County for their Jackson river cleanup project.

The Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department for their support of Kids Fishing Day at Dominion Ponds.

And to the numerous volunteers who got up early to make the Bath County Triathlon another success in 2010.

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Heather Niday

Heather is our Program Director and Traffic Manager. She started with Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer deejay. She then joined the AMR staff in February of 2007. Heather grew up in the Richmond, Virginia, area and now lives in Arbovale, West Virginia with her husband Chuck. Heather is a wonderful flute player, and choir director for Arbovale UMC. You can hear Heather along with Chuck on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8pm as they host two hours of jazz on Something Different.

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