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Two bridge replacement projects announced in Ottawa National Forest

IRONWOOD — Two bridge replacement projects are planned in August in the Ottawa National Forest. These projects include replacement of the Bush Creek Bridge, in the Iron River Ranger District, and the Jumbo River Bridge in the Kenton Ranger District.

Work on these bridge replacements will necessitate road closures for the duration of the project. Work will include pile driving, old bridge removal, and installation of new bridges.

Any paving required to the bridge approach will be done as weather permits.

The Bush Creek bridge replacement will necessitate closing a small portion of Forest Road 3350 east of Forest Highway 16.

The road closure will be signed and alternate routes identified on FR 3320. The portion of FR 3350 that crosses Bush Creek closed on Aug. 3. The road is expected to be re-opened by the end of September.

The Jumbo River bridge replacement will require that a section of FR 3610 west of FH 16 and north of FR 3614 be closed beginning Aug. 20. Signage will be placed in advance of the closure. Work is expected to be completed by the first part of October.

Forest visitors are reminded to use caution when traveling on forest roadways, and adhere to speed limits and directional signage. It is imperative that the public adhere to road closures, as going around barriers is prohibited and a safety concern.

To receive updated information on road conditions, call the local Forest Service office.

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