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Old 10-19-2010, 09:18 AM   #1
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Update on Mineral Bottom Road

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Old 10-19-2010, 11:16 AM   #2
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Re: Update on Mineral Bottom Road

We camped at the top of Mineral Bottom this weekend and the road looked worse than it does in the photos in the article! Definitely a lot of work/money is going to be required to fit it.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:20 PM   #3
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Re: Update on Mineral Bottom Road

Here the latest regarding the Mineral Bottom road from the Times Independant Journal of Moab issue dated October 21, 2010:

Mineral Bottom Road eligible for emergency funds to restore access to federal lands
by Craig Bigler
contributing writer Moab Times Independent

The Mineral Bottom Road will be restored in time for at least part of next year’s tourist season, Rep. Jim Matheson announced Monday. The Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief of Federally Owned Roads office informed Matheson that the project is eligible for federal emergency road funding, and a request for funding to repair the road has been approved, Matheson said.

That request for funding was submitted to the Federal Highway Administration by the Moab office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in September. Mineral Bottom Road, which ends near an area called Horsethief Point, provides boat access to the Green River and access north to the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park. Several sections of the road were completely washed out by heavy rains on Aug. 19.

A scoping trip by engineers could take place as early as next week, according to Seth Greenwell, project coordinator for the Emergency Relief of Federally Owned Roads program (ERFO).

“The intent is to have the road repaired and open to public traffic as soon as possible, within the 2011 season,” Greenwell said, cautiously adding that the work might be completed by next summer.

The scoping trip will be conducted to collect the specific site measurements and geotechnical information necessary to determine how the road repairs will be designed. Design and construction for the repairs will use a fast-track approach to maximize the use of available contracting flexibility, Greenwell said.

“This is the type of emergency that the federal highway program was designed to mitigate. I appreciate how quickly everyone on the ground worked together to provide the information to my office so that we could speed the repair forward,” Matheson said.

Matheson praised the cooperative efforts of the Grand County Council, the BLM, and the Utah governor’s office for getting a quick approval from ERFO.

“It’s a tribute to the spirit of cooperation and the working history here. When there’s a problem in this county everyone sits down and works it out,” said Shelley Smith, director of the BLM Moab District Office.

The road can only be rebuilt to its approximate original condition, Greenwell said, and ERFO funds cannot be used to enhance the road or to increase its capacity.

How soon in the 2011 tourist season the work will be completed depends on specific site measurements and geotechnical information necessary to establish a design approach, Greenwell said.

His agency will follow a “fast track approach,” by attempting to overlap design and construction “where ever possible,” Greenwell said.

Matheson and Greenwell agreed that an economic analysis of the road’s importance to the local economy, conducted by the BLM, played a “key role” in the quick approval for federal funding.

The BLM analysis estimated that the road closure will cost county businesses approximately $4.9 million in lost sales revenues and could result in the loss of 87 jobs. The study also concluded that $1.9 million in income will be lost because of the foregone sales and jobs, and $319,000 in state and local tax receipts will be lost every year the road is closed.

The BLM study estimated the cost of repair will be about $1.9 million. The actual cost is yet to be determined, Greenwell said.

ERFO’s mission “is to provide funding and engineering services to restore access to public lands,” according to its website.

The Mineral Bottom Road is owned by the BLM and maintained by Grand County under a long-standing agreement, Smith said.


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Old 01-19-2011, 05:29 PM   #4
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Re: Update on Mineral Bottom Road

We recently got this photo, taken in October 2010, of one of the vehicles stuck at the bottom of the Mineral Bottom road due to the washout:

The friends who took this tell me there are several other vehicles, some of them now up on jacks, sitting there with sand drifting slowly around them.
But all is not lost. We also got this update from the Moab canoe outfitter we have used for many years to facilitate our Labyrinth Canyon trips on the Green River:
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Tex's Riverways: Mineral Bottom Road Update
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So the last time you all heard from us it was late in our 2010 river season and we were being tested by Mother Nature, flash floods and washed out roads to service our busy fall calendar without the ability to get clients to or from The Green River at Mineral Bottom. When it was all said and done and with much thanks to the people who used are services this fall we have successfully passed that test and are gearing up for a "new and improved" season in 2011.

With the coming of the New Year, the news on the Mineral Bottom Road is promising. In impressive fashion our local, State and Federal agencies have moved very quickly to expedite repairs on the road. Funding was secured and a contractor was named in early November. Actual on-site repairs got going before Christmas with the plan of completing the job as quickly as possible... weather permitting. Just after Christmas we had a fairly significant snowfall in Canyonlands and since then our weather has been less than cooperative. With any luck the weather will warm up soon, the snow will melt and repairs will resume. Some initial estimates of a completion date had the road open again by the end of March 2011 but without any doubt the weather will take precedence over estimates. The bottom line is that things are headed in the right direction and that a lot of energy is being generated and effort being made so that we can provide you the service you have come to expect and so that you can enjoy a vacation on the river so many of you cherish.

In a spirit of perseverance it is clear to us that many of you are moving ahead with your 2011 river trips with or without Mineral Bottom as an option. Our telephone is still ringing and our email box is as full of reservation requests as we have come to expect. As we mentioned in our email to you last fall we have no plan of shutting down our operations just because the road to Mineral Bottom is closed. We have a very good "Plan B" in place to use an alternate launch location up river from Mineral Bottom at a place called Spring Canyon. Admittedly Spring Canyon will present some challenges to us that the Mineral Bottom does not but as a temporary solution to our problem it is a challenge we welcome. However our permit with the BLM is specifically for launching at Mineral Bottom and we are being granted short term permission to use Spring Canyon only until Mineral Bottom is available.

We encourage all of you who are planning a trip with us this year to continue with that plan. We are booking all Mineral Bottom shuttles with the idea that Spring Canyon will be that actual launch point so long as access to Mineral Bottom is an issue. Based on the efforts being made to reopen the Mineral Bottom road it seems likely that the number of people who will indeed be launched at Spring Canyon will be relatively few. In looking at the reservations we have already booked for this year it is clear to us that whether we are driving people to Spring Canyon or to Mineral Bottom the demand for our shuttle and outfitting service is unchanged. We still have shuttle dates that are filling up and some dates that are no longer available not only in the springtime but throughout our 2011 season. If you are waiting for the Mineral Bottom road to open up before you book your trip you may find that the dates you want have already been booked by others.

Thanks for your patience,

Darren Vaughan

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Old 01-19-2011, 07:11 PM   #5
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Re: Update on Mineral Bottom Road

Great update. Thanks.

If that Toyota is stuck at Mineral Bottom, either the vehicle has some problems, or there are some other road problems south along the river or at Hardscrabble Hill that will need to be fixed after Mineral Bottom is opened up. That truck would have no issues driving the White Rim Road.I will be curious to hear what news comes of that.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:11 PM   #6
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Re: Update on Mineral Bottom Road

Here the latest regarding the reconstruction from the Times Independent, Moab's leading newspaper:

http://www.moabtimes.com/view/full_stor ... n-contract?

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Old 03-03-2011, 09:00 PM   #7
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Great news from Moab: Repaired Mineral Bottom Road to reopen March 29, 2 months earlier then expected.

Read more in the Moab Times-Independent:

http://www.moabtimes.com/view/full_stor ... news_right

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Thanks for the update Hans.
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Re: Update on Mineral Bottom Road

Received the following by email today:

Mineral Bottom Road Re-opens

After an interesting few months of trials and tribulations, we are finally able to send an email with nothing but good news to share

GOOD NEWS # 1

As of March, 29th 2011 the Mineral Bottom road has been reopened for public use.



For those of you who have been following our previous emails you undoubtedly remember that late last summer we lost access to Mineral Bottom on the Green River, due to a huge flash flood and significant damage having been done to the Mineral Bottom road. In what we can only describe as an amazing effort on the part of The Bureau of Land Management, our local government officials here in Grand County, and a local road construction company called K-SUE, the road that we thought would be out of commission for quite some time has been repaired and is in better shape than it has ever been. Not only was the road repaired in an unbelievably short period of time (around 3 months of time on site) but it was done in roughly half the cost of what was originally projected.

For more detailed information please see the article that appeared in our local newspaper on March, 31st.

http://www.moabtimes.com/view/full_s...ws_right<br />

What this means for Tex's Riverways and our clients is a return to "normal" where Mineral Bottom is concerned. We will no longer be using Spring Canyon for any launch or pick-up activity. Our routine of utilizing Mineral Bottom as a launch and pick-up location is what you can expect for trips that have already booked a trip that involves Mineral Bottom or for those planning a trip for 2011 who have yet to book. We are sure that there are some of you who might have been looking forward to Spring Canyon as a "change of pace" for your 2011 river trip. Unfortunately our use of Spring Canyon was permitted by the Bureau of Land Management on a temporary basis only and was conditional on the completion of repairs at Mineral Bottom. With those repairs now complete we are no longer authorized to use Spring Canyon for river access.

We would like to thank all of you for your patience and support with this situation.

GOOD NEWS # 2

Our engine and jet upgrade to our large jet boat is complete and the results are more pleasing than we ever dreamed would be possible. The work that we had done over the winter is ideally going to end up being a good thing for us as a company and hopefully for all of you clients who will use our services in the future. Our boat is now more powerful, more maneuverable and all-around better able to do the work we need it to do. Our new engines are turbo charged diesel engines that are both more fuel efficient and "noticeably quieter" in the opinion of clients who have already been on our boat this year. With this added power our new engines won't have to work as hard as our old engines did to do the same job. As an added bonus the boat is also now much faster which will make the ride home more timely and leisurely.

This upgrade represents a significant reinvestment in our company for us, one that will hopefully result in an improvement in the quality of service that we are providing. These last few years we have been working hard to improve all aspects of our service with a new SUV, a new bus, new vans, new Old Town canoes and now the upgrade to the jet boat. All of these improvements are done with you mind as we try to maintain the high standard of service and reliability that you have come to expect.

Thanks for doing business with us and we hope to have the opportunity to work with you again. The rivers in Canyonlands are ready and waiting.

The Boys @ Tex's Riverways

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