July 26, 2016
Summer Construction in Full Swing on the Mt. Hood National Forest
Sandy, OR – Summer is the season for road maintenance and construction projects on the Mt. Hood National Forest, and this year is no exception. There will be multiple projects occurring throughout the Forest that may affect Forest road access.
Projects are taking place on Lolo Pass Road (Road 18) this summer and fall such as fish habitat restoration projects and rock/timber hauling. One of these projects is a culvert/bridge replacement project near Lower Marco Creek on Lolo Pass Road. The new bridge is replacing an older, undersized culvert that prevents fish passage at the crossing. The new bridge will do several things, including:
- Restore a natural stream channel through the entirety of the road crossing
- Significantly increase the hydraulic capacity of the crossing to a level far above the 100 year flood event
- Provide a safe crossing for recreational and commercial traffic on Lolo Pass Road for years to come (the structure has a 75 year+ design life)
Bridge construction work started in early July and will wrap up at the end of September. There is a possibility for long delays and up to 8-hour road closures.
The Forest recognizes that Lolo Pass Road is an important route used by visitors to reach Lost Lake Resort. For the public’s safety, we recommend an alternate route for motor vehicles: Take Interstate 84 east up the Columbia River Gorge to Hood River, then drive southwest to Dee and follow the signs to Lost Lake. For detailed directions, please go to Lost Lake Resort’s website at http://lostlakeresort.org/contact-us/directions/.
Several other roads will be affected by projects and construction on the Mt. Hood National Forest this summer. Roads 1610, 1611, & 1612 are closed until the end of October and Red Hill Drive Road (Road 16) may have multiple delays due to logging activities.
If you have any questions regarding road projects, please contact the Mt. Hood National Forest at 503-668-1700. Our Alerts & Notices page is also a good source for roadwork updates: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mthood/alerts-notices.
Laura Pramuk 503-668-1791
Raven Reese 503-668-1776
Mt Hood National Forest USFS
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