Olympia, WA – Several road improvement and reconstruction projects are planned for Forest Service Road 23. Visitors should expect delays from now until mid September. District Ranger Dean Millett tells us the projects, described below, are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and will complete work that was started last year.
Minor road work has started on the first mile of Forest Service Road 23 and is expected to continue through August 31. Please expect minor delays on the first mile of the road.
Major road work will begin on September 5, continuing through September 9. Delays are to be expected, although the road will remain open.
A full road closure will be implemented at milepost 4.7 on September 12, lasting through September 14. A detour will be provided on Forest Service Road 2340; the detour route will go around Brown’s Creek Campground and meet back up with Forest Service Road 23. The detour route is a single lane gravel road with turnouts and a 20 mph speed limit.
In all areas, workers will repair the subgrade and prepare it for future asphalting and chip sealing.