Due to continuing de-construction efforts on the Childs-Irving Hydroelectric facilities, Forest Road 708 (Fossil Creek Road) will be closed, as required by Arizona Public Service (APS), on weekdays from Oct. 30 through Nov. 30.
These closures will severely limit access to the upper reaches of Fossil Creek during this period.
Closure location: The east end of the closure for FR 708 will be located approximately one half mile west of the entrance to the Upper Fossil Springs Trailhead near Strawberry. The west end of the closure will be located approximately 1 mile east of the intersection of FR 502 and FR 708.
Severe construction traffic restrictions will occur on FR 708 from Highway 260 near Camp Verde to the intersection of FR 502 from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, due to heavy equipment and truck movement.
Traffic diversions to Strawberry or extended delays on this stretch of forest road may occur.
This temporary closure is requested by APS in connection with the decommissioning of the power plant and facilities at Fossil Creek. This closure will affect the Tonto and Coconino national forests.
The APS crews will construct gates for each end of the closure and provide signage at the gates as well as on upper Fossil Creek Road and on FR 708 at the Camp Verde end.
For more information, call the Payson Ranger District office at (602) 928-7900 or visit the Tonto Web site at www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto.