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Old 10-12-2014, 03:49 PM   #1
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Thumbs down ,Paving Trail Creek Road....

Came back from a ride yesterday by way of Trail Creek, was stopped by a flagman that said the road was being paved, a three year process to finish it from 93 to the summit. This year it will be paved from the existing asphalt at the east end to first bridge over the Big Lost River The flagman did not know about any paving plans down from the summit towards Sun Valley. Bummer, it will become just another road to pass Harleys and motorhomes on.
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Old 10-12-2014, 04:06 PM   #2
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Your ARRA dollars at work. Here in western Washington the majority of Stimulus spending was paving forest roads frpm I90 to the trailheads.
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:34 PM   #3
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This is indeed sad news, especially if they pave the Sun Valley side. Good bye to the isolation and loneliness of Copper Basin.
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Old 10-16-2014, 10:28 AM   #4
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Old 10-16-2014, 11:28 AM   #5
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Idaho needs to take care of the paved roads they already have. They suck! We don't need more pavement to maintain. They just wasted $9 million on I84 repaving 12 miles from the Oregon border east. There was nothing wrong with the pavement there! Read this article: http://www.idahopress.com/members/pu...e2dc9d9b2.html
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Old 10-16-2014, 12:53 PM   #6
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The (mostly) official party line:
http://www.noodls.com/view/38604D62E...5xxx1403825256

Interesting there is nothing about long range plans. Not sure that a flagger is the best source for information.

Based on the last time I went over Trail Creek on the Sun Valley side, they are going to need more than 4 million to widen, pave and put guard rails on it. I can understand an all weather road from 93, given the increasing number of recreational users in Copper Basin. I was dodging more ATV's than cars on the way down to Hwy 93. But paving from the summit to Sun Valley makes no sense.

Besides, the folks in Sun Valley need somewhere to test out the 4WD in their new Hummers, don't they?
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Old 10-16-2014, 01:07 PM   #7
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Looked at the I.D.T. site and found this...

4) Add FH-66, Trail Creek Highway Stage 1, Custer County, to the Public Lands Highway Discretionary Program. Congress awarded $3.75 million via an FY10 Appropriations’ Act earmark of Public Lands Highway Discretionary funds to the Lost River Highway District to reconstruct the Trail Creek Highway, Forest Highway 66, near Mackay. Staff requests adding this project, which will reconstruct the remaining gravel surface, to FY12 of the Public Lands Highway Discretionary Program. Because the award is insufficient to fund the entire route, the first stage will begin approximately 12 miles west of US-93 and proceed until the funding is exhausted. The Lost River Highway District intends to solicit Congress for additional funding until the entire route is reconstructed.
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:11 PM   #8
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Yep. And they did say Stage 1, although I still cannot find anything (at the moment) relating to long term planning that states the intent or goal. It appears that the Lost River Highway District is the recipient of the funding, so I.T.D may only be managing the federal funding.

ITD Board Minutes

I did run across an interesting set of maps while trying to find out who has jurisdiction.

Lost River Highway District Surface Map

ITD has an entire listing of maps, by county, which appears to be an inventory of state roads, with a surface type (pavement, oiled, gravel & dirt).
These could be handy as an additional resource for plotting routes, but I think I'll stick to just digging through Metalcarvers ride reports.
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