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Release Date: 05/02/14
Contacts: David Abrams , 406-533-7617 ,

Dillon Field Office proposes enhancements along Madison River corridor

DILLON (May 2, 2014) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon Field Office is proposing to make improvements that would enhance the public’s recreational experience in the Madison River corridor. The BLM is taking public comments on the proposal until May 30.

One segment of the proposed project, funded through the Federal Highway Administration’s Federal Lands Transportation Program, would pave the Ruby Creek Road in Madison County.  Paving would extend from the intersection with the Johnny Ridge Road near the McAtee Bridge to the turn off to the BLM’s Ruby Creek Boat Launch.  The proposed construction schedule would occur sometime between the Summer and Fall of 2015.

“For many years this road has proven to be virtually impossible to maintain with a road grader to a standard that will safely accommodate the high-use levels during summer fishing season,” said BLM Dillon Field Manager Cornie Hudson.  “Vehicles pulling boat trailers quickly create unsafe ‘washboard’ conditions, which cause trailers to fishtail and vehicles to lose control.  The project improvements we’re proposing would help with not only the public’s ability to enjoy a day on the river but also with public safety in the area.”

Through a separate funding source, the BLM is also proposing to replace the existing boat ramp at Ruby Creek with a wider, safer concrete slab ramp, as well as improve the parking area to better delineate parking and improve traffic flow around the ramp.  The existing ramp is deteriorated and small, making it difficult to maneuver in and out.

Completing both projects in the same construction season would likely reduce overall costs and minimize the duration of construction activity impacts to the public.  Construction of both projects would meet BLM standards, and road paving work would stay within the current road prism.  Portions of the existing road would be raised to provide a consistent grade along the stream, and the stream bank would be armored in some areas to repair undermining and protect the new road.  The proposal also includes replacing one cattle guard and resetting another.  Additionally a vault toilet at the boat launch would likely be relocated within the parking area and a wheelchair accessible pad provided at the potable water hydrant.

An environmental assessment will be completed to analyze the impacts of this project, and the BLM invites the public to submit written comments on the proposed work.  Comments will be considered in the analysis and should be submitted no later than May 30, 2014 to the Bureau of Land Management, 1005 Selway Drive, Dillon, MT 59725.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment -- including your personal identifying information -- may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information, contact Rick Waldrup, BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner, at (406) 683-8000.

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Dillon Field Office   1005 Selway Drive      Dillon, MT 59725  

Last updated: 05-02-2014