SANTA FE, NM – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) on Friday issued a closure order for a segment of Forest Road (FR) 376 to accommodate work on a blocked culvert that poses a threat to public health and safety.
The closure order will be in effect from 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, to April 1, 2020, unless it is rescinded earlier
The culvert is slated for replacement, but recent monsoonal weather patterns and the subsequent runoff and debris could lead to road failure and have made it an immediate public safety issue.
The restricted area on FR 376 begins at the gate north of the Gilman Tunnels and extends 4.7 miles north to the barricades at mile marker 6. The Gilman Tunnels will remain open, and the area outside the closure order is still accessible for fuelwood gathering and camping.
Federal, state and local officers, members of an organized rescue team or firefighting force, private landowners accessing their property and any others authorized by permit are exempt from the closure order. However, once construction on the replacement culvert begins, the road will be impassable to all vehicular traffic.
Signs will be posted to notify the public that this segment of FR 376 is closed to public entry. Violation of the closure order is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.
Copies of the closure order and map will be available at the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) Headquarters, the Jemez Ranger District Office and the SFNF website.