Popular road into Gifford Pinchot forest will close Sept. 13-14

By Eric Florip, Columbian Transportation & Environment Reporter



A popular forest road into Gifford Pinchot National Forest will close Sept. 13 and 14 for maintenance work, forest officials announced this week.

Forest Road 90 will close about five miles east of Cougar, Wash., while crews resurface the road over the Swift Power Canal. The project is intended to keep the road safe and reduce impact to fisheries and water quality, according forest officials. Asphalt was removed from the road during a one-day closure last month.

There aren’t any detours available during this month’s two-day closure of Forest Road 90, but all areas of the forest are still accessible through other routes. Forest Road 54, however, remains closed until Sept. 23 while workers clean up a large slide near the west entrance to Gifford Pinchot National Forest.