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Temporary closures in effect for recovery act-funded maintenance and construction work

The Aberdeen Times of Aberdeen, Idaho

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced work schedules for road and parking lot seal coating projects at four area recreation sites. Allocations to the BLM under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) are funding the work.

Tower Rock - This recreation site offers prime river access for floaters and steel-head and trout fishermen. It is located approximately 11 miles north of Salmon. It is scheduled to be closed from July 12-14.

Bison Jump - This unique site is located south of Challis, near the junction of Highway 75 and 93. The area will be closed from July 14-16 as crews work to seal coat existing pavement.

Shoup Bridge – This site is a small, convenient and developed campground that accommodates both RVs and tents located on the main Salmon River. It is located approximately five miles south of Salmon. The area is scheduled to be closed from July 12-14.

Cottonwood – This site is located along the scenic Salmon River approximately 14 miles north of Challis. The area is scheduled to be closed from July 13-15.

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The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.

---Orison Swett Marden

The ARRA funding will allow the Idaho Falls District to sealcoat 15 facilities with asphalt paved recreation site roads, trails and parking areas. The facilities include five campgrounds, two trail heads and trails, three river access sites, four fire stations and an aerial fire retardant base ramp. For information regarding additional closures as staff and contractors complete this work please visit http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/ARRA_ida-ho/IFD_arra/IFD-sealcoat15_ arra.html.

Asphalt pavement should be seal coated at least once every 10 years; otherwise, the asphalt deteriorates to the point that total removal and replacement are required. Proper maintenance of recreation sites and parking areas help ensure a positive experience for recreational visitors, who increasingly expect developed amenities at BLM recreation sites. Maintenance of stations and retardant bases contributes to firefighter and fire equipment safety. This district-wide investment will help eliminate a significant future maintenance and reconstruction costs.

The ARRA funding creates jobs for private contractors and will allow an increasing number of visitors to use and enjoy the facilities at these sites. Information about Recovery Act projects on public lands in Idaho is online at http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/ARRA_idaho.html. Under the ARRA, the Department of the Interior is making investments in conserving America's timeless treasures

– stunning natural landscapes, monuments to liberty, icons of culture and heritage

– while helping American families and their communities prosper again. Interior is also focusing on renewable energy projects, the needs of American Indians, employing youth and promoting community service.



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Original Publication Date: July 7, 2010



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