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Fosset Gulch Road to be temporarily closed

Five miles of the Fosset Gulch Road (Forest Road 613) will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, July 26, to allow for pipeline construction and road reconstruction.

The northern closure point will be located about two miles south of U.S. 160, restricting access to the Bull Canyon Road (Forest Road 841) and the Fosset Gulch area of the HD Mountains.

The closure may extend to Nov. 1, 2010, although segments of the road will be reopened as construction activities are completed. Traffic signs will be installed in the affected area to alert the public of closures and construction traffic. Access to local residences and for emergency equipment will be provided.

The work is authorized under special use permits issued by the San Juan National Forest to Fosset Gulch Pipeline Company LLC and Petrox Resources Inc. for construction and operation of a natural gas and a water pipeline within the road corridor, and road reconstruction and maintenance.

Following pipeline installation, the energy companies will reconstruct the Fosset Gulch Road to again accommodate passenger cars, and the road will be reopened to public use. Petrox will be allowed commercial use of the road for gas field activities and will be responsible for road maintenance associated with its activities.

The work in Fosset Gulch is part of a larger project that will connect five existing natural gas wells to gas transmission pipelines in southern Colorado.

For more information, contact Walt Brown, 385-1372.