NEVADA CITY, Calif. – Today, Tahoe National Forest Supervisor Eli Ilano announced changes to existing road closures on the Forest. Bowman Road (Forest Road 18) is now closed from Highway 20 north to Meadow Lake Road. Mosquito Ridge Road (Forest Road 96) is now closed from Interbay Road (Forest Road 96-17) east to the end of Mosquito Ridge Road at Ahart Campground. In addition, Buckeye Road (Forest Road 32-12) is now closed within 100 yards of Greenhorn Creek.
These updated road closures modify the previous Mosquito Ridge Road closure. While the previous closure included the section of Mosquito Ridge Road between Gorman Ranch Road (Placer County Road 3002) and Interbay Road, that closure has been lifted. However, travelers are encouraged to use caution, as there are sections of the road where one-lane traffic is in place to avoid road hazards and the vehicle weight limit is 20,000 pounds.
The new closure of Bowman Road expands the previous closure. This change was necessary after Forest engineers discovered extensive road damage on other sections of Bowman Road.
Snow, ice and debris are inhibiting access to some Tahoe National Forest Roads and additional road damage is still being revealed.
The additional closure of Buckeye Road at Greenhorn Creek is due to erosion of the creek crossing as a result of substantial winter rains.
“Similar to other national forests and counties in California, the Tahoe National Forest has seen extensive damage to roads and other infrastructure from this year’s winter storms,” said Forest Supervisor Eli Ilano. “Unsafe conditions, damaged roads, as well as snow and debris have resulted in the need to close some roads to public use. These closures are for public safety and we hope to have them back open as soon as they are repaired and deemed safe for travel.”
Those with a valid permit from the U.S. Forest Service are authorized to use these roads, as are any Federal, State or local officers or members of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of official duty.
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