Friday, July 28, 2006

Trail Creek slides hinder travel

Express Staff Writer

Barry Pond, a Blaine County Road and Bridge employee, uses a front-end loader to remove rock debris from Trail Creek Road, northeast of Sun Valley. Photo by David N. Seelig

Trail Creek Pass is open despite five rockslides that recently crossed Trail Creek Road northeast of Sun Valley.

"These are mountains with steep sides. Gravity brings this stuff down," said Barry Pond, a Blaine County Road and Bridge employee.

Pond cleared rock debris Wednesday, July 26, from Trail Creek Pass, which was open to traffic.

"Trail Creek Road is passable at your own risk," said a Blaine County Road and Bridge telephone recording. The pass was apparently closed from the Blaine County side last weekend due to rockslides.

"Blaine County called us to close it from our side because of some kind of mud slide," said Deb Webb, Custer County Sheriff's Office chief dispatcher.

The Custer County Sheriff's Office placed a closed sign Sunday, July 23, on the Custer County side of Trail Creek Pass. As of Tuesday, July 25, the sign on the Custer County side of the pass remained in place.

"They asked us to close it from this side so they didn't have people turning around half way," Webb said, noting that she didn't know if the sign had been removed.

Blaine County Road and Bridge did not return phone calls to the Mountain Express before press deadline.

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