Forest looks to improve Spotted Bear, Meadow Creek roads next year

| September 9, 2020 12:25 AM

The Flathead National Forest is proposing two projects that would improve access to the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

The Forest is looking to improve both the Meadow Creek Road and the Spotted Bear River Road. The projects would be paid for through Great American Outdoors Act funding.

If approved, both roads would see what amounts to complete overhauls “Twelve miles of road surfacing has deteriorated and must be replaced. Previous emergency culvert replacement site requires slope stabilization to ensure safe road width is maintained. Improved road surface results in more efficient travel for various restoration activities and gravel reduces road erosion and sediment delivered to nearby streams,” The Forest Service notes in its pitch to fix the Meadow Creek Road.

The same applies to the Spotted Bear Road, the Forest notes. That project also includes replacing the old gravel surface with a new gravel surface. If approved, the projects could start next year. To comment, visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/ detailfull/r1/home/ and follow the links.