The 2019 Spring annual road maintenance is complete. The restriction on large trucks and commercial vehicles has been lifted.
The damaged area on MacKenzie has dried out and firmed up. Thus, we have opened MacKenzie, but please be cautious of the damage between Fremont and Hoback. Two ruts are deep enough to swallow a small car! We put cones to the side of the road there to help raise awareness.
Road maintenance was not able to be accomplished this week due to weather. Crews will return soon as they can.
Four wheel drive is recommended for the steeper roads within BSR after rain. Large trucks are still prohibited.
Not yet! Though, we’d prefer if you would do so sooner rather than later. The offer to exchange metal keys for free key cards (see details in Gate FAQ) expires May 30, 2019. One offer per Association member in good standing (i.e. no outstanding payments due). All exchanges must be in the “Keys” box on the bulletin board at the gate by May 30, 2019, or postmarked by that date if sent in the mail. After May 30, 2019, all key cards must be purchased.
At the moment (because it is always dependent on weather conditions) we are scheduled to have road maintenance done May 20 through May 24. Road base will be put down, borrow ditches cleaned out, and roads graded and rolled. The map above shows our prioritized areas where road material will be added this year. Grading and rolling will occur throughout BSR.
We’re keeping a close eye on the coned off section of MacKenzie where there is road damage. As of our inspection on Monday, we couldn’t tell if it was a water line leak or subterranean winter runoff. Please do not drive through or around the cones since this will just cause more damage and cost even more to repair.
While road base is being brought in, we don’t anticipate the main gate to be chained open this year due to our new electronic gate. Please be cautious of heavy machinery and respect road restrictions which may be imposed for short periods of time.
Winter road restrictions have been lifted. Some areas are still quite soft and have been coned off. Do not move the cones and drive through the areas! It will cause costly damage to the roads. Here are the continuing limitations:
- MacKenzie (Mud Hill) is closed from Fremont to the top of Mud Hill. There is road damage from vehicles that needs to be repaired. It is not possible to drive around the damage. (See picture)
- As usual, large trucks and commercial vehicles are still restricted for a couple more weeks (until May 18th).
The high snow pack late into the season has necessitated an unusual bit of road maintenance that will be conducted tomorrow, Thursday, April 25th. When the snow has lingered into Spring and caused treacherous conditions for approved winter-access vehicles, the Board has in the past approved grading of the snow to promote safety, more even melting, and earlier drying of the roads for more timely removal of Winter Restrictions.
Spring 2019 has had plenty of lingering snow and landed squarely in those treacherous conditions. The roads within BSR are currently in a great variety of conditions ranging from dry and ready for vehicles in some areas to covered with mounds of snow in several others. It’s the mounds of snow which pose a problem to approved winter travel. To remedy this, Park City Landscape and Snow Removal will be at BSR tomorrow to attempt to level out the mounds.
Please continue to observe the posted Winter Restrictions. If the leveling being conducted tomorrow is successful and with continued support from the weather, we hope to start lifting the restrictions in the next 2-3 weeks.
Update 5/3/2019: The snow leveling was successful and has improved the safety of access throughout BSR during our transition from winter. It has also helped the snow melt more evenly. We’re inspecting the roads on Monday, May 6, with our road maintenance contractor. We’ll announce as soon as Winter Restrictions are lifted. Please help protect our roads (and budget) and honor the Winter Restrictions while they are in effect.
With the big storm coming in tomorrow, it’s a good time to remind everyone to park well off the highway. Snow plows will be coming through the canyon a lot tomorrow. As of this afternoon, several cars were parked along the highway which could be cited. If you park–or are parked–along the highway, make sure you are at least four feet away from the white line at the edge of the lane. Any closer and you will likely be seen as a hinderance to the plow drivers and may be ticketed.