Telegraph Pass hiking trail to be closed for maintenance

Maintenance work at Telegraph Pass will have it temporarily closed the beginning of next week.

Starting Monday April 6th, The Bureau of Land Management and the Telegraph Pass Users Association, will close the access road at Telegraph Pass for maintenance work.

“What they are going to do on the upper third — which is really steep — they’ve got to do some road work up there to actually improve the safety because they have to take vehicles all the way to the top to work on their communication sites.” says John MacDonald with the Yuma County Bureau of Land Management.

Last year, the semi-annual maintenance work was done on a Friday through Monday, which closed the roadway during some of the busiest days for hiking. This year however, it’s a bit more convenient — on a Monday and Tuesday.

MacDonald says the BLM feels “Monday and Tuesday are the least popular days for traffic up there.”

The closure begins at 5 a.m. Monday April 6th through Tuesday April 7th, as crews work to improve the access roads condition.

MacDonald also says the maintenance will  “increase the safety of the public and the users group once the road gets fixed this week.”

BLM asks that the public not go around the barricades blocking off access to the trail.

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