Monday, August 20, 2012

FR181: What a Mess

The forest service will eventually repair FR181 (aka American Spring Road) - they are awaiting additional funding to fix this and other forest roads damaged by the Las Conchas wildfire.  In the meantime, FR181 is a "rough road to travel" where it crosses Water Canyon.

FR181 at Water Canyon.  The non-functioning metal culvert is much more exposed than in June and the upstream log structure gets more undercut with each storm.

Looking downstream.  The road has become amazingly rubble-filled since June because all the runoff goes directly over the road and into Water Canyon.  The upstream log structure has been breached and no longer holds back debris.

Looking downstream into Water Canyon.  The gaping hole above the culvert was once the edge of the road.