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Reclamation Notifies of Permanent Road Closure below Sugar Loaf Dam

Media Contact: Buck Feist, (406) 247-7607,

For Release: October 01, 2016

LOVELAND, Colo. -- The Bureau of Reclamation announces the permanent closure of 1,200 feet of public road between County Road 48 and Lake Fork Creek below Sugar Loaf Dam, Lake County, Colorado to all types of motorized vehicles. Sugar Loaf Dam is 5-miles west of Leadville, Colorado. After the 30-day public notice concludes on October 30, 2016, Reclamation will install signs at appropriate points to notify vehicles of the closure, per 43 CFR Part 423, Public Conduct on Bureau of Reclamation Facilities, Lands, and Waterbodies.

Reclamation administers facilities and associated land for the operation and maintenance of Sugar Loaf Dam, part of the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project. The road is not required for Project purposes and continues west onto adjacent private land at Lake Fork Creek. The Lake Fork Creek bridge crossing is damaged and is not passable at this time.

For additional information please contact Tara Piper at (970) 962-4381 or

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