BLM protects upper 8th Street in foothills with annual winter road closure

The Bureau of Land Management would like to remind the public of the annual seasonal road closure of upper 8th Street in the Boise Foothills to prevent road damage during wet conditions.

This seasonal closure pertains only to full-sized vehicles and is in effect from Dec. 1 to May 15. The closure begins 2.8 miles from the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center. The route remains open year-round for off-highway vehicles 50 inches or less in width, motorcycles, mountain bikes and all other non-motorized use.

“The purpose of this seasonal road closure has always been to prevent road damage from full-size vehicle use when the roadbed is wet and easily rutted,” said David Draheim, BLM outdoor recreation planner. “This annual closure has gone a long way toward minimizing erosion and road maintenance costs and preventing other resource damage from occurring each year.”

The BLM appreciates the public’s cooperation in respecting the road closure and helping to protect resources while maintaining access for recreational users. For more information, please contact the BLM Boise District Office at 208-384-3300.

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