The USDA Forest Service has temporarily closed a section of Broad Run Road (Forest Service Road #183) in Botetourt County to replace a culvert.
The section of Broad Run Road will be closed to all through traffic 2.1 miles past the intersection with Haymakertown Road. Broad Run Road provides access to North Mountain Trail (Forest Trail #263) and Ferrier Trail (Forest Trail #189).
Trail users can still access these trails from Broad Run Road via State Route 311 or via Wildlife Road (Forest Road #224). The road work is expected to be completed by November 4. Once the repair work is complete, the road will re-open.
“This road endured storm damage several years ago and the Forest Service is improving the road for access and safety,” said District Ranger Beth Christensen.
The new culvert will improve drainage capacity during storm events and help protect the road surface and the Broad Run stream from excessive erosion, which can impair water quality. The new culvert is sized and countersunk to improve the flow of the stream and allow for natural streambed material to accumulate overtime. This will allow easier passage of fish and other amphibians under the roadbed.