USDA Forest Service Updates

Here are a couple of updates from the USDA Forest Service.  The Forest Service will temporarily close a section of Flagpole Road (FSR 85A) located on George Washington and Jefferson National Forest in Rockingham County, Va. beginning April 22, 2019 to repair storm damage.  The road will be closed beginning at the intersection of Briery Branch Road (SR 924) and extending 3.85 miles beyond this intersection. The road will reopen when repairs are complete which is expected to be in approximately nine weeks.

This repair work is needed to address damage from repeated wet weather events that caused significant damage to the road infrastructure.  The roadwork will improve drainage and road safety.  While repairs are underway, portions of the road will be unpassable. Also, heavy equipment will be traveling into and along the road making the road unsafe for visitor traffic.

For more information about the road closure please contact the North River Ranger District office at 540-432-0187.

In other forest news, the Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division is accepting bids on two flood recovery projects on Williams River Road in Webster County on Monongahela National Forest.

These projects are funded by the Federal Highway Administration through the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads program, and will help to repair damage caused by massive flooding in June 2016.

Go to (at QUICK SEARCH, type “EFLHD” and all available projects will be listed) to check for availability of bid documents. All bid documents for these projects can be downloaded directly from this website. You can also search by the solicitation numbers for each project: 693C73-19-B-000014 and 693C73-19-B-000013. Bid due date and location is specified on the SF 1442, Block 13a of the Solicitation.

Please send all questions concerning these construction projects to Include the solicitation number, project name and number, requesting firm and address, a point of contact and telephone number. Requests for faxing or overnight mailing will not be accepted.

For questions about flood recovery projects on Monongahela National Forest, you may contact Assistant Flood Recovery Program Manager Adam Taylor at 304-799-4334 x43 or .


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