State of Roads & Bridges - PMRP & Miller Fork

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State of Roads & Bridges - PMRP & Miller Fork

Post by RRGCC » Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:43 pm

We estimate PMRP & Miller Fork road repairs will cost $10,000-$15,000. We will post detailed cost estimates in the coming days. Thankfully most years do not include such extensive flash flooding. Please consider helping with emergency repair at http://rrgcc.org/donate

As of today, conditions on the ground are:

- Bald Rock Road is passable in most all locations by passenger vehicles

- Access to Flat Holler parking lot is not available at this time - please park elsewhere.

- Flat Holler parking lot should be accessible by this next weekend provided weather cooperates. Next week at the latest if it does not.

- Hell Creek Road is in disrepair, and traveling beyond the intersection of Shumaker Ridge Road and Hell Creek by vehicle is NOT advised until further notice – road repairs are contingent on weather.

- We ask that you DO NOT travel back to Sore Heel in anything less than a 4×4 vehicle and DO NOT park along Sore Heel road during this time.

- Parking in front of oil wells, next to oil well access roads, in the road, or anywhere where you might close the travel corridor more than 12’ is strictly prohibited. The oil company MUST have access to repair roads and maintain their equipment. Violators WILL BE TOWED.

- Please use good judgment when parking during this time – do not impede local or company traffic in any way.

- If you cannot find a place to park responsibly, please consider a different crag until we can repair this Spring’s damage.

- All climbing is OPEN and always will be!

We do the best we can to balance mortgage payments and land maintenance, with a limited budget and without charging for access. Repairs will cost more than we had allocated to land maintenance in 2015. Please help us get our roads and bridges back to the condition they were in prior to the floods, and until we do, be ready for some creek crossings when visiting Miller Fork!
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Re: State of Roads & Bridges - PMRP & Miller Fork

Post by RRGCC » Wed Apr 08, 2015 6:10 pm

More pictures and information from Lee Co. website:

http://www.heartofthekentuckyriver.com/ ... -fork-road

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Re: State of Roads & Bridges - PMRP & Miller Fork

Post by clif » Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:14 pm

strategically, i'm not sure what the thinking has been nor what the itemized breakdown of annual road maintenance expenses is, but i am curious. the link seems to imply a broader consensus?

anyway, interesting link and really good to see the emphasis on the river, Mill Creek prohibition on swimming is crazy to me, but what to do...?

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Re: State of Roads & Bridges - PMRP & Miller Fork

Post by michaelarmand » Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:35 pm

Any news on the condition of the road getting to miller fork?
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Re: State of Roads & Bridges - PMRP & Miller Fork

Post by Rx2Climb » Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:31 pm

I was there on Saturday. The road is in rough shape, but passable if you have 4 wheel drive. Our subaru made it down. Also we put the monastery bridge and main bridge back up. Good work RRGCC
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Re: State of Roads & Bridges - PMRP & Miller Fork

Post by J-Ru » Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:42 am

Rx2Climb wrote:The road is in rough shape, but passable if you have 4 wheel drive. Our subaru made it down.
Question: Is the issue clearance or FWD? I have AWD, but not quite the clearance of a Subaru.

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Re: State of Roads & Bridges - PMRP & Miller Fork

Post by monty4355 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:49 pm

Clearance for sure. Not really that muddy.

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Re: State of Roads & Bridges - PMRP & Miller Fork

Post by DriskellHR » Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:49 pm

Road work is moving slow, soil is wet and demand for equipment is high. haul some creek rock, fill in some holes. Pick a spot and with A 5 gallon bucket, gravel shovel and 30 min you can make a huge difference and we would really appreciate the help.

Also clearing debris and rocks from drainages, and draining standing water in roadways goes a long way to prevent further damage.

Might be a couple weeks before we can get repairs underway.

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Re: State of Roads & Bridges - PMRP & Miller Fork

Post by michaelarmand » Thu May 21, 2015 8:31 pm

I went down a few weeks ago and the road was in bad shape - needed 4 wheel drive with good clearance. Anyone know of any more recent status? I only have a car this weekend....
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Re: State of Roads & Bridges - PMRP & Miller Fork

Post by J-Ru » Thu May 21, 2015 10:26 pm

The road to Miller Fork is passable in a car. 4 wheel drive not required, but would be smart.

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Re: State of Roads & Bridges - PMRP & Miller Fork

Post by michaelarmand » Sun May 24, 2015 10:21 pm

Looks like a lot of work went into the road repair, thanks a lot to those who made it happen.
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Re: State of Roads & Bridges - PMRP & Miller Fork

Post by Ascentionist » Sun Jul 19, 2015 7:13 am

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Re: State of Roads & Bridges - PMRP & Miller Fork

Post by DriskellHR » Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:32 am

Flat hollar parking will be squared away by the weekend. No worries, plenty of parking. Enjoy safely yall.
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Re: State of Roads & Bridges - PMRP & Miller Fork

Post by Cromper » Sun Jul 19, 2015 10:38 am

First hill down into Miller is pretty fucked.

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Re: State of Roads & Bridges - PMRP & Miller Fork

Post by DriskellHR » Sun Jul 19, 2015 10:43 am

Unfortunately for us that's a county road and I've made that call. Hopefully we get some traction on it soon but I really can't say. I'm sure it's low priority. Considering recent weather they prob have their hands full.
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