Summit County discourages outdoor recreation around Montezuma Road washout site
Ryan Summerlin July 21, 2014
Anyone wanting to hike, bike or explore the trails around the area where Montezuma Road washed out in June may do so.
Access to the road and the Peru Creek Trailhead is not prohibited. However, Summit County officials want to remind people that a section of the road will be a single-lane for most of the summer, and traffic causes problems for residents trying to drive to and from their homes.
“We’re definitely encouraging people to recreate in other areas,” said Julie Sutor, the county spokeswoman.
On June 3, a blocked culvert under Montezuma Road caused the Snake River to rise and destroyed parts of the road. The county installed a temporary bridge upriver from the washout, and since then, vehicle and vehicle-trailer combinations have been restricted to a maximum length of 30 feet and weight of 25 tons.
Sutor said Montezuma residents have reported being blocked by longer vehicles that were stuck due to the limited turning radius available.
Manufacturing of the bridge that will replace a destroyed part of Montezuma Road is proceeding as scheduled, she said. People in the area will notice a crane at the construction site installing the bridge at the end of August.