Travel on the Mojave Road Is Rerouted Temporarily in the Eastern Preserve:

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Travel on the Mojave Road Is Rerouted Temporarily in the Eastern Preserve:

Post by Jim_b » Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:37 pm

Mojave National Preserve has announced a detour for a section of the Mojave Road that was damaged by recent rains in the Piute Range near the park’s eastern boundary.

The damage was caused by runoff from a heavy rain storm in early April that eroded a short section of the Mojave Road where it passes along the side of a hill, leaving a very narrow strip on a steep slope. A 13.8-mile section of the Road between Ivanpah Road and Fort Piute has been temporarily barricaded to discourage driving through the spot that is unsafe to use.

This section of the Road has been re-evaluated by park staff, and temporary barricades have been placed on both sides of the problem area. A 29-mile bypass route is recommended for visitors with plans to drive the Road. The bypass leads drivers along power line roads to Lanfair Road and reconnects with the Mojave Road just north of Cedar Canyon Road. (See the posted map.)

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“We welcome all visitors to Mojave National Preserve during the National Park Service Centennial year,” Superintendent Todd J. Suess said. “However, we encourage everyone to enjoy the Preserve in a safe way.”
Drivers are also advised that at some point after the erosion occurred on the Mojave Road, unauthorized repairs were made by unknown users. Driving through this section is not recommended.
NPS will be evaluating options for repairing this part of the road in an effort to reduce the effects of future storm damage. No date has been set for completion of the repairs.

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Re: Travel on the Mojave Road Is Rerouted Temporarily in the Eastern Preserve:

Post by Jim_b » Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:36 pm

As of April 19, 2016, the National Park Service has closed the Mojave Road between Mile 27.0 and 30.5 in the Mojave National Preserve. This closure is due to a washout on the old underground telephone cable road connecting Piute Valley with Lanfair Valley. No date has been set for completion of repairs to the road.

The National Park Service recommends a 29-mile bypass on their Web page. The publishers of the official Mojave Road Guide have developed an alternate 14.2-mile detour for Mojave Road travelers who would prefer a shorter, more historic and scenic route. A PDF with a map and road log is available for download here

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http://www.desertusa.com/mb3-photos/mojave-road2.pdf

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