Project limits Auxor Road access to weekends

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Auxor Road 489, located northeast of Hope, Idaho on the Sandpoint Ranger District, is being closed for public health and safety during road reconstruction activities, from midnight Sunday until midnight Friday of each week.

The road will be open to traffic on Saturday and Sunday only.

The closure location is approximately 13 miles up Lightning Creek at the intersection of Lightning Creek Road 419 and Wellington Creek Road 489.

The project includes reconstructing approximately 8.25 miles of Auxor Road to improve the road surface and drainage, widen turnouts, construct new turnouts, and remove roadside vegetation to increase visibility.

Ditches, culverts and catch basins will be cleaned, and turnaround spots at the end of the road will be improved.

This project work is scheduled to occur through October, and will restore safe and improved access for a diverse range of recreational experiences in the upper Lightning Creek drainage, according to U.S. Forest Service officials in a press release.

Auxor Road was originally built over 50 years ago for mining and timber access. Today, recreationists regularly use the road to access the national forest to camp, hunt, pick huckleberries, or simply to take in the scenery.

For questions on the project or closure, please contact the Sandpoint Ranger Station at 208-263-5111.

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