Sawtooth National Forest To Begin Construction On Redfish Lake Road


By Paul Johnson

Stanley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - The Sawtooth National Forest will begin construction of the Redfish Lake Road and a new 110 foot long bridge that will span Redfish Lake Creek. Construction will start on July 28, 2014.

This project will relocate a portion of the main access road (Forest Road 70214) into the Redfish Lake Recreation Complex out of the existing riparian area by constructing approximately one mile of new asphalt roadway and a new 110 foot long bridge. The new bridge will contain a 5 foot wide pedestrian sidewalk that will connect to future trails on either end. Upon completion of the new realigned road and bridge installation the segment of Redfish Lake Road from State Highway 75 to the beginning of the realigned road will be overlaid with a new asphalt surface. Planning for the project began several years ago when the existing bridge over Redfish Lake Creek was identified for replacement due to age and natural deterioration. This construction project is the first phase of several that will result in a transportation system within the Redfish Lake recreation complex that will be safer and more enjoyable for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Construction activity will continue until winter weather shuts down the project for 2014. Most of the construction activity will occur on the new route, but there may be minor delays on Redfish Lake Road of approximately five minutes. Major work that might result in longer traffic delays is scheduled to occur sometime after the Labor Day weekend to minimize disruption to the majority of the recreationists who visit and stay at the Redfish Lake Complex during the summer.

After the re-route is completed, a portion of the old road will be decommissioned by removing the existing asphalt and gravel materials, the majority of the existing gravity sewer line, and the timber bridge. After the materials have been removed, the roadway will be fully re-contoured back to its preconstruction condition.

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