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Portion of Forest Road 550 in North Routt to be closed

Editor’s note: This brief has been updated with information about road conditions.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Due to a culvert replacement on a tributary of King Solomon Creek, a portion of Forest Road 550 in North Routt County will be closed from Monday, Sept. 24, to about Nov. 1. The segment of F.R. 550 to be closed is located in Routt National Forest, about 0.6 miles north of the intersection of Forest Roads 500 and 550, near Little Red Park.

The F.R. 550 will be closed four miles north of Columbine at the junction with F.R. 500. All through traffic will be detoured, as a bypass cannot be constructed at the site. The closure will be in effect until the project is complete. There will be no through traffic on the closed portion of F.R. 550, but an alternate route does exist.

Due to recent rain and snow, Forest Road 503 is in poor condition. Only 4WD vehicles should use the road when it is wet. All passenger vehicles and vehicles towing trailers are heavily discouraged from using the road in these conditions.

Nonmotorized access to the surrounding forest still will be allowed and dispersed recreation sites outside of the closed road are available. Forest visitors still will be able to access all areas, though travel times may increase by 30 minutes.

Specifically, hunters with licenses in Game Management Unit 5 may be impacted and should plan in advance for increased travel time. Access during first and second rifle seasons for elk and deer will be impacted, as well as archery and rifle bear season.

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