Category Archives: Road Maintenance

Dips, Speeding and Dust

As many of you have noticed, the Board has approved the installation of dips in the road along Jim Bridger. These dips will hopefully reduce speeding, and make all residents, visitors and contractors more aware when driving through the neighborhood. We started here, because this is an area where the most drivers travel and it is an easy place to speed. If the speed bumps are successful in mitigating our speeding issue we hope to spread them throughout the community in a systematic way. Please do not install any dips in the roads on your own accord. But, feel free to share your suggestions with the Board. All feedback will be appreciated!

Due to the incredibly early dryness, The Board has also approved the use of Magnesium Chloride (MAG Water) on the roads, which is used by Summit County on the roads leading to Smith and Morehouse, Thousand Peaks and South Fork to mitigate dust in an environmentally friendly way. This will also be a trial, and start from the gate to the corral. Many community members have already offered to pitch in money to get more areas done. However, as with the dips, we need to follow a systematic approach with the goal being to complete the whole neighborhood. Again, all feedback is appreciated.

Lets give a big shout out to Karl Lund for all his work on the dips! And, to Mike Jones for helping us to get moving on the MAG Water! We appreciate community volunteers and input!

Bridge Repair Update

Over the weekend more damage to the bridge occurred. Luckily, the Board had already started the process of researching and creating a plan of action to complete repairs. As of today, lumber has been ordered and will arrive in 7 days. We will keep the community updated on the repair timeline.

For the time being please drive in the center of the bridge when crossing. Also, remind guests and contractors to be slow and careful.

Winter Restrictions Lifted

Winter road restrictions have been lifted. Some areas are still quite soft or snowy and have been coned off. Do not move the cones and drive through these areas! It will cause costly damage to the roads. Here are the continuing limitations:

  • MacKenzie is closed from Hoback to the top of Mud Hill.
  • Parts of lower Escalante are closed.
  • As usual, large trucks and commercial vehicles are still restricted for a couple more weeks (until May 12th).

Update, May 3rd: Mud Hill and Escalante are now open. Please refrain from bringing large trucks and trailers into the neighborhood until after May 11th, as earlier stated.

Gate System Replaced

Due to the perpetual issues with the gate and no discoverable solution by our vendor, our gate vendor replaced the entire system earlier this week at no cost to us. The new system is a higher level of durability and toughness.

Please remember: DO NOT push or pull the gate at any time. In the past, doing so could break the mechanism. With the new system, whatever is pushing or pulling is more likely to break!

To help protect the gate system and the camera which monitors the area, a surge suppressor was installed last Spring.

Additionally, new signs were added this Summer on and around the gate to help remind how to use the gate system. It is now community members’ responsibilities to care for the gate and explain to guests/contractors how the gate works. There is NO reason to actually touch the gate. Pushing it open or shut will be considered a violation and we will hold those accountable when necessary. If you have any questions about the gate or keys, please read through our Gate FAQ first, then contact us, if necessary.

As always, please make sure the gate closes completely behind you before leaving the area. Remember, it will not close if you are over a sensor, but please do not park on the sensors (doing so caused at least one malfunction last month). If the gate does not close on its own, contact us ASAP!

All current key cards, fobs, transmitters, and any temporary PINs should work as usual.

Special thanks to Karl Lund for all his efforts in trying to figure out the issues this Summer, keeping the old system limping along, and helping us get this new system!

Morehouse Road Update

The following is a copy of a letter sent to property owners along Morehouse Road dated 23 July, 2019. The Board would like to share it with everyone for informational purposes.

Dear Beaver Springs Ranch property owners:

The Beaver Springs Association Board would like to take this opportunity to let you know our plan for moving forward in regards to the Morehouse road area. First, thank you to the Crosswhite family for allowing us to use their driveway as a detour. The Board will work with the Crosswhites to repair any damage to their property that results because of this. Second, thank you to everyone affected by the road closure for their patience and “community spirit” as we work through this repair.

There are numerous issues delaying our progress, including a combination of overlapping property rights. The Board is working through all of these issues, with all respective parties, and has an intention of beginning actual repair work on October first. To be specific, Beaver Springs Ranch does not own any property to the south of the road- so relocating the property further onto dry land is not an option. In addition, the bed of the river is owned by another party. This river boundary is (roughly speaking) described as the area between the high-water marks of the river- which now includes the river and rock area where the road used to be. Finally, we should all bear in mind that the Board simply cannot dump fill material into the river without a number of permits, which would be difficult for the Beaver Springs Ranch Association to obtain, because Beaver Springs Ranch is (arguably) not the owner of the property where the road used to be. In short, this is a bit of a mess.

The good news is that the owner of the river bed has agreed to return the river to its approximate course of several years ago and is in the process of obtaining the proper permits. It is his expectation to begin work when the water reaches its annual low point- around the beginning of October. At that time, the road will be returned to (approximately) it’s original location and the shoreline hardened against future erosion.

The Association Board is working hard to ensure this plan comes to fruition, but please understand that many aspects (such as permitting) are out of our control. In the meantime, we thank you again for your patience and would welcome any suggestions to improve the situation. Feel free to contact any Board member for further discussion, but please be patient with us as we are all learning about Utah property and water law as we go. We will do our best to let you know when we have updates.

See you on the Mountain!

Jess Hofberger
On behalf of the Beaver Springs Ranch Association Board


Gate Anomalies… Gone!(?)

Through some extensive testing, our gate installer has found an issue in the gate which matches the symptoms we have been seeing for the past month+. They have fixed it and the gate–once more–appears to be working properly. They have also set the gate closer delay time back to normal. If you see any anomalous gate issues, please contact Karl immediately (his number is on the bulletin board at the gate). Thanks!

Gate Update

The vendor is still working out the kinks of the gate. The past three days there has been intermittent success. We did access the cameras last night to find that the gate failed on its own. However, if you see someone misuse the gate please report it to the Board or try to take the opportunity for a polite teaching moment. We will continue to update you all on the progress. New signs and detailed instructions soon to come.

Intermittent Gate Functionality

We are aware of intermittent issues with the gate functionality and have been working with our contractor to get it fixed. If you find the gate open, please do not push it closed! Doing so may cause damage.

Our gate contractor is continuing work on the gate. They are replacing some parts which will hopefully arrive next week. They have never had an issue like this before and are unsure what has caused it. We want to emphasize the importance of NOT messing with the gate when it is working, or trying to force it open. We reserve the right to fine or prosecute anyone found to be disturbing the normal operations of the gate.

If you have a key card or fob, remember to hold it next to the keypad on the gate. Once it beeps and turns green the gate will begin to open within a few seconds.

Morehouse Road Restrictions

The barricades on Morehouse Road are up for safety reasons as the road is being eroded by the river. We ask that ONLY residents of Morehouse Road use it because they have been given special access through a resident’s driveway. There will be an announcement when it is fixed and available to everyone.