The BLM and FHWA begin construction on Dumont Dunes Road


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BARSTOW, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management and the Federal Highway Administration’s Federal Lands Division will begin road improvements to Dumont Dunes Road in San Bernardino County to improve public access. The road improvements are a part of Federal Highway Administration’s transportation improvement program.

The contractor for this project, Herback General Engineering, will begin surveying and staking activities on Dumont Dunes Road as early as next week. Construction activities include paving the existing gravel road with asphalt and extending and improving the water crossing at the Amargosa River. While active construction will not start for a few weeks, the public should be aware of the pending road construction when planning a visit to the Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle area. The area will be open to the public; however, there may be some delays along the road and at the river crossing.

“The BLM is excited to have this infrastructure project underway,” said Associate Field Manager Jeff Childers. “We will be working closely with the contractor to ensure access to the Dumont Dunes OHV area throughout the construction process.”

Construction may take a few months based on restrictions at the existing low water crossing, however there will be continuous access to the area. The goal for the project is to have the work completed by the end of October, however recent rains have delayed some of the critical work.

The Barstow Field Office will continue to post updates to the BLM Facebook page and on the website as often as possible, and as usual, you can contact the office for additional information at 760-252-6000.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.