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The U.S. Forest Service has announced that road crews will begin repairing water drainage features on CR 322 (Mount Princeton Road) beginning Monday, June 22.

The road will be closed to motor vehicle traffic beginning June 22 through Friday, June 26 for public safety.

According to the announcement from the Salida Ranger District, San Isabel National Forest Customer Service representative Jen Swacina, the repair work is much needed. Failed water bars have caused erosion down the center of the road. Heavy equipment operations will require the entire width of the road to perform the repairs.

This means the entire road width will be closed to motor vehicles from the parking area (located at 8,900 ft. elevation) and beyond.

Pedestrians continuing beyond that point are warned to exercise caution through the construction zone. With motor vehicle traffic excluded from travel beyond the parking area, hikers should also note that any if emergencies that arise that require rescue via any motorized emergency vehicles would not be possible.

Featured image: A classic view along the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway in Nathrop, with Mt. Princeton in the background. Photo by Jan Wondra