Flood restoration work continues on Monongahela National Forest

ELKINS — Monongahela National Forest continues to repair roads and bridges damaged in the June 2016 flood. Visitor access to some areas and roads in the southern part of the forest will be restricted or detoured during this repair work.

Areas closed now include:

• Trail access to Blue Bend Beach is closed to replace a flood-damaged foot bridge over Rocky Run. This work will take several weeks to complete. Recreationists may continue to use the beach, but must walk there via the trail that leads to the bridge over Anthony Creek.

• Forest Road 101, the Cranberry-Dyer Road, is closed from Red Oak Road (FR 82) to Cranberry River Road (FR 76.) For those trying to get to Cranberry Campground or Backcountry from Dyer, a detour using FR 81 to Big Rock Campground and then FR 76 to Cranberry Campground and Backcountry will be posted. This work is expected to last approximately four weeks.

Areas that will be closed in mid-August or later include:

• The Cranberry Backcountry Road, Forest Road 76 (FR 76) will be closed to pedestrians, equestrians, and bicyclists between Rough Run and Little Rough Run north of Pheasant Hollow Shelter to repair a large hole in the road. This project will last about four weeks. During this time, there will be no through passage along the road.

• Forest Road 216, Upper Williams River Road, will be closed between Mountain Lick Road (FR 437) and Swago Road (FR 999) to replace the bridge over Black Mountain Creek. This project will begin later in the summer and could last several months.

Road and streambank stabilization is occurring now on Forest Road 216, Upper Williams River Road, downstream of Day Run Campground. This work will last approximately one week. Motorists will be flagged through this construction site. Expect delays.

Project updates can be found at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mnf/alerts-notices.

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