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Commission approves road closures

Three to be gated for winter


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Ellen Cook

Leader Editor


Box Elder County commissioners approved the seasonal closure of three roads in the county and ordered in installation of gates to keep winter traffic out.

The three closures include the Short Divide near Plymouth, the west end of Dairy Valley Road by Collinston and the Willard Peak Road north of Dock Flat.

Road supervisor Bill Gilson said the gates would be closed and locked as weather dictates.  “When snow becomes so deep a traditional four-wheel drive vehicle can’t make it through, the gates will be closed,” he said.

Gilson said the actions of a few have made the closures necessary.  The Short Divide gate will be erected at the Cache County border.  Last spring, ‘do-gooders’ brought in tractors to remove snow so Cache residents who work at Nucor could take the shorter route.  Their actions damaged the new pavement put down by county road crews.  Gilson said he hopes the gate will solve that problem.  Cache County is considered installing a gate on their side of the border, as well.

The Dairy Valley Road will be gated from Collinston to the Hansen pit.  Gilson said several times in the past four years, off-roaders have become stuck in the deep snowdrifts on that road and have had to be pulled out.

The third closure, the Willard Peak Road, has been closed in the winter for the past few years.  The single gate will be set up about a half mile from Dock Flat.

In other commission action, bids were open for asphalt at public convenience center at the county landfill.  Apparent low bidder for the over 900 ton was Staker Parson at $89,410.  Commission Chair Brian Shaffer said they hoped to get going on the project before bad weather hits. “This (improvement) will provide a safe environment for our citizens,” he said.



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