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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lewistown Field Office
 
Release Date: 10/24/13
Contacts: Jonathan Moor, (406) 538-1943    

Maiden Canyon Road repairs completed ahead of schedule, road reopens


(LEWISTOWN, Mt.) - The Maiden Canyon Road repair construction project was completed Oct. 18, ahead of schedule.  The road is now open to the public.
 
Due to a severe storm in 2011, significant portions of the roadway surface and embankment were washed away by high water. In May, heavy precipitation in the vicinity of the project site caused additional damage to the roadway.
 
After the damage, Maiden Canyon Road was impassible to most vehicles and closed to public traffic at the Bureau of Land Management property boundaries.
 
Repairs began Aug. 5.
 
Maiden Canyon Road is located approximately 22 miles northeast of Lewistown, Mont. It allows travelers access to significant tracts of BLM lands in the heart of the Judith Mountains.
 
“The Maiden Canyon Road is a popular local road that offers a loop route to residents and visitors. We were very pleased to receive the Department of Transportation Western Federal Lands Highway Division’s support to repair the road,” said BLM Central Montana District Manager Stan Benes.
 
Major construction activities completed by the contractor, Montana Civil Contractors, included: removal of sediment and stream channel reconstruction; rebuilding the original roadway embankment; replacing the roadway aggregate surface; placing rip rap slope protection along the stream bank; and installation of new culverts to facilitate drainage.
 
Some erosion control and turf establishment activities by BLM personnel are expected to continue into November.
 
For more information, contact Carl Patten, the BLM Central Montana District civil engineer, 920 NE Main St., Lewistown, Mt. 59457, emailcpatten@blm.gov, or (406) 538‐1937.

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Carl Patten, the BLM Central Montana District civil engineer, inspects the reconstructed Maiden Canyon Road and drainage channel.

(CUTLINE Maiden Canyon Road after 1) – Carl Patten, the BLM Central Montana District civil engineer, inspects the reconstructed Maiden Canyon Road and drainage channel.

(CUTLINE Maiden Canyon Road before 1) – Significant portions of Maiden Canyon Road’s embankment were washed away and sediment was deposited throughout the stream channel on Bureau of Land Management land in the Judith Mountains.
(CUTLINE Maiden Canyon Road before 1) – Significant portions of Maiden Canyon Road’s embankment were washed away and sediment was deposited throughout the stream channel on Bureau of Land Management land in the Judith Mountains.  
(CUTLINE Maiden Canyon Road before 2) – Significant portions of Maiden Canyon Road’s embankment were washed away and sediment was deposited throughout the stream channel on Bureau of Land Management land in the Judith Mountains.

(CUTLINE Maiden Canyon Road before 2) – Significant portions of Maiden Canyon Road’s embankment were washed away and sediment was deposited throughout the stream channel on Bureau of Land Management land in the Judith Mountains.

(CUTLINE Maiden Canyon Road after 2a) – Carl Patten (left), the BLM Central Montana District civil engineer, inspects the reconstructed Maiden Canyon Road and drainage channel with Geoff Beyersdorf, the BLM Lewistown Field Office manager.

(CUTLINE Maiden Canyon Road after 2a) – Carl Patten (left), the BLM Central Montana District civil engineer, inspects the reconstructed Maiden Canyon Road and drainage channel with Geoff Beyersdorf, the BLM Lewistown Field Office manager.

(CUTLINE Maiden Canyon Road after 2b) – Geoff Beyersdorf, the BLM Lewistown Field Office manager, inspects the reconstructed Maiden Canyon Road.

(CUTLINE Maiden Canyon Road after 2b) – Geoff Beyersdorf, the BLM Lewistown Field Office manager, inspects the reconstructed Maiden Canyon Road.

(CUTLINE Maiden Canyon Road before 3) – Prior to construction Hank Rettinger, a Federal Highways Administration project engineer, inspects Maiden Canyon Road on Bureau of Land Management land in the Judith Mountains. Significant portions of roadway embankment were washed away and sediment was deposited throughout the stream channel.

(CUTLINE Maiden Canyon Road before 3) – Prior to construction Hank Rettinger, a Federal Highways Administration project engineer, inspects Maiden Canyon Road on Bureau of Land Management land in the Judith Mountains. Significant portions of roadway embankment were washed away and sediment was deposited throughout the stream channel.

(CUTLINE Maiden Canyon Road after 3a) – Carl Patten (left), the BLM Central Montana District civil engineer, inspects the reconstructed Maiden Canyon Road and drainage channel with Geoff Beyersdorf, the BLM Lewistown Field Office manager.

(CUTLINE Maiden Canyon Road after 3a) – Carl Patten (left), the BLM Central Montana District civil engineer, inspects the reconstructed Maiden Canyon Road and drainage channel with Geoff Beyersdorf, the BLM Lewistown Field Office manager.

(CUTLINE Maiden Canyon Road after 3b) – Carl Patten, the BLM Central Montana District civil engineer, inspects the reconstructed Maiden Canyon Road and drainage channel.

(CUTLINE Maiden Canyon Road after 3b) – Carl Patten, the BLM Central Montana District civil engineer, inspects the reconstructed Maiden Canyon Road and drainage channel.



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