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Wash road Imperial Sand Dunes

Post by Jim_b » Sun Oct 11, 2009 12:09 pm

Imperial Sand Dunes

In the past, the public accessed the camping area south of Glamis, CA by utilizing a maintenance road (Wash Road) on the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) right of way. As of May 31, 2009, UPRR will be closing the road with a fence and gate, thus leaving no way for visitors to access public lands on the existing Wash Road.

Construction of the "new" Wash Road began in July 2009 This 24 ft. wide road is located directly west of the old one, and was completed Oct 2, 2009. Funded with federal dollars, construction costs are held to a minimum by using volunteers, transferring BLM staff from other offices to temporarily help out, and hiring short-term workers from the local community to get the job done. Additionally, as much of the existing berm material next to the road is used in its construction to keep the costs down.

Now open for primary vehicle traffic to Wash 25, the road provides camp access to the washes. "No OHVs on roadway" signs are posted along the length of the road, to remind visitors that the road is designed for primary vehicles only. This restriction will help keep maintenance costs down and increase safety.

The road will be posted with 15 mph speed limit signs, except in those areas where people are likely to occur. A 5 mph speed limit will slow the traffic down near bathrooms, at the fee pad and around dumpsters. This slower speed limit will help keep the dust down, and of course, increase safety for everyone.

For a pdf map of the area http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/ ... osures.pdf

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Re: Wash road Imperial Sand Dunes

Post by LDMGOLD » Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:57 pm


When we lived in Yuma for a couple of years in the mid 1960's we spent almost every weekend in the dunes, down at
El Gulfo or San Felipe. We just loved the map. Reminded us of another time in our lives. I worked on build I-8 from the Mohawk Mountains to Yuma.

Thanks for sharing the information and map.

Tom K.

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