Friday, December 10, 2010

Reconstruction to Begin on Mineral Bottom Road Switchbacks near Moab and Canyonlands National Park's White Rinm Trail

Contact: Melinda Brimhall, Grand County Council Administrator

Phone: 435-259-1347

Fax: 435-259-2574


Reconstruction to Begin on Mineral Bottom Road Switchbacks

On December 2, 2010 Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) of the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration issued a contract to KSUE Corporation of Moab, Utah, to commence immediate reconstruction of switchbacks on Mineral Bottom Road (Grand County Route 129). Construction is anticipated to commence December 13, 2010 and is expected to continue through spring of 2011. CFLHD will be administering the project, including contract management, throughout the duration of the construction process. During the construction process, access to the switchback and construction area will be restricted and no public admittance will be allowed.

In August of 2010, a storm destroyed the switchbacks, making the road impassable. Grand County partnered with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Moab Field Office to apply for funding through USDOT’s program of Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads.

Grand County wishes to express appreciation to countless stakeholders for the public support of this project. Specifically, staff from the BLM Moab Field Office took immediate and critical measures in obtaining emergency funding for reconstruction of the road. Additionally, efforts of staff from Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park, as well as support from Governor Herbert and Congressman Matheson, helped to secure emergency federal funds for the road’s reconstruction.

Melinda Brimhall

County Council Administrator

Grand County

125 E Center St.

Moab, UT 84532

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