Forest Service Road 600 Closed Until Mid- to Late March
Due to construction activities associated with the Sunriver to Lava Lands Visitor Center (Sun Lava) Multi-Use Path, Forest Service (FS) Road 600 will be closed from Benham Falls Road to FS Road 660 (see map). The closure is expected to be in place until mid- to late March.
Detour Map Shows Routes That Avoid Construction Activities
Construction could begin as soon as the week of February 10 on the new paved path from Sunriver to Lava Butte. During construction, portions of existing trails or roads will be closed. The Deschutes National Forest and the Newbery National Volcanic Monument prepared a detour map so bicyclists, pedestrians and motorist can safely avoid construction activities. A copy of the detour map is below.
The Sunriver to Lava Butte Multi-Use Path contract was awarded to High Desert Aggregate & Paving, Inc. in December 2013. The preliminary construction schedule follows:
|Project begins, clearing and grubbing
|Trail earthwork and placement of rock
|Paving and installation of railroad crossing protection
||Late spring, early summer|
|Project completion date
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- Construct a 5.5-mile paved, multi-use path between Sunriver, Benham East Day Use Area and Lava Butte.
- Install traffic and wayfinding signs along the path.
- Install gates and flashing lights at the railroad crossing on Benham Falls Road (FS Road 9702).
Project Information Paper Project Vicinity Map
Purpose and Need for the Project
Currently, there is not a safe, accessible way for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel between Sunriver, Benham East Day Use Area and Lava Butte. The path will create a new connection for bicyclists and pedestrians between the three tourist destinations.
Visitors will have the option to avoid driving to access these destinations and a new opportunity will be created to see the National Volcanic Monument from a different perspective. The path will create an accessible recreation opportunity that will allow people of all abilities to explore their National Monument.
Key Dates and Project Funding
|Environmental Analysis Process
The estimated construction cost is $1.85 million and is being funded by the Public Lands Highways Discretionary Program and ODOT Rail Safety Program.