Rock slide – road reopened

JQS Road to Roan Plateau closed due to rock slide

PRESS RELEASE
August 16, 2013

Update August 19, 2013

JQS Road reopens after rock slide cleared

SILT, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management has reopened the JQS Road north of Rifle, Colo., which had been closed since Friday, August 16 due to a rock slide.

The slide was cleared this weekend. The JQS Road is one of two public access routes to the top of the Roan Plateau. The rockslide was discovered Thursday, close to the base of the plateau about 5 miles west of Colorado Highway 13, where the road begins climbing the steep cliff.

 

SILT, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management has temporarily closed the JQS Road north of Rifle, Colo., due to a rock slide.

The JQS Road is one of two public access routes to the top of the Roan Plateau. The second, Cow Creek Road off of Rio Blanco County Road 5, remains open.

The rock slide was discovered Thursday, close to the base of the plateau about 5 miles west of Colorado Highway 13, about halfway up to the top.

BLM engineers are expected to clear the rock slide by next week. Once the slide is cleared, the road will be reopened. The road is closed about 4 miles west of Highway 13 above Hubbard Mesa, and from the top of the Plateau where it meets the Rim Road.

For more information, contact the Colorado River Valley Field Office, 970-876-9000.

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