County gets grant for Jeep bypass around challenging portion of Poughkeepsie Gulch
By Katy Rende
Work will begin later this month to blast out an alternative route around “The Wall” in Poughkeepsie Gulch.
It’s an attempt to make the Jeep road safer and more passable, county officials said. The bypass will follow an old mining road on a county right of way, but will still require “blasting work — major work,” according to County Board Chairman Ernie Kuhlman.
Pete Maisel of Maisel Excavation described The Wall as the “double black diamond” of four-wheel-drive roads, making the gulch road passable to only fully equipped and experienced drivers.
The need for mitigation in this area was first addressed in 2008, when it became obvious to BLM and county officials that motorized vehicles were creating their own trails through the tundra to bypass this rugged section. For those that chose to remain in the road, rollovers were common.
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