Work to replace bridges on the Dry Creek Road is taking place this week. The Forest Service announced the Dry Creek Road will be closed through Sept. 7 to allow for the work to take place.
According to the Forest Service, in 2015 a bridge inspection revealed that the fourth and fifth bridges on the Dry Creek Road had “decayed and the Regional Bridge Engineer declared them unsafe for full size motor vehicle traffic.”
“During the inspection, significant rot and decay was discovered in the timber decks, prompting a closure,” said Mary Cernicek, public affairs officer for the Bridger-Teton National Forest. “Bridges Four and Five were constructed in 1953.”
The bridge replacement project is a cooperative effort between the Forest Service and Lincoln County. The project calls for replacing the bridges “providing access back into the area, as well as reducing the risk of future road failures.”
According to Lincoln County Commissioner Jerry Harmon, the Dry Creek Road provides key access for back country recreation.
“As a county we really feel that all of our canyons and their roads are important for access to the forest,” Harmon said. “Dry Creek is important for fishing and hunting and sight-seeing and other outdoor recreational opportunities. I am tickled to death to see this moving forward.”
According to Harmon, funding for the project came through a Regional Advisory Council (RAC) grant. RAC funding is federal money that can be used annually for projects on or adjacent to public lands.
The RAC funding covered the cost of the materials and the culverts, Harmon said.
“It’s great when we can have a cooperative effort and get things done,” he added. “The county has moved equipment up there and we will be putting the culverts in.”