Expect delays on Cow Creek Backcountry Byway

Glendale, Ore. — The Bureau of Land Management will begin resurfacing the Cow Creek Road (BLM Roads 33-7-2.0 and 30-6-32), also known as the Cow Creek Backcountry Byway, between Glendale and Riddle, OR on July 6th. Road work is expected to continue through July 30, 2021.

The road needs extensive resurfacing to maintain the integrity of the road, driving surface, and improve safety. The work is being done by the BLM Road Maintenance Crews from both Medford and Roseburg Districts. The work will begin near Glendale and move north, ending near Riddle. Flaggers will be on site to aid in traffic control. Drivers can expect up to 45-minute delays to allow for the pavement to cure and space for large equipment to work on the narrow road corridor. Recreationists should expect delays accessing Skull Creek Campground, Island Creek Day Use Area, Cow Creek Recreational Gold Panning Area and other public access locations along the Cow Creek Back Country Byway.

Those wishing to avoid the delays can utilize Interstate 5 as the primary route that travels north and south.

The BLM encourages people to drive with added caution in the area of construction, knowing that there will be equipment and people in the area, and with the expectation that road surfaces may be different than expected.

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

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Kyle Sullivan