Rafters about to gain access again to Green River at Mineral Bottom

The switchback road that took rafters to the Green and Colorado rivers until it washed out last summer will be open in time for the spring runoff.

Mineral Road, which leads to the popular Mineral Bottom put-in and take-out on the Green River, was washed out Aug. 19 as a series of powerful storms crossed Utah and Colorado, causing slides and flooding in both states.

The road will reopen March 29 and will also provide access to White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park, according to Grand County, Utah, officials.

Federal officials in October set aside nearly $2 million to repair and rebuild the road.

“It’s notable that the project is expected to be completed for about 50 percent of the budgeted funding, with the March 29 opening date well ahead of the projected completion date,” Grand County Administrator Melinda Brimhall said in a statement.

Moab-based KSUE Corp. did the road reconstruction.

Officials feared the collapse of the road would endanger a tourism business estimated by the Bureau of Land Management to pump about $5 million a year into the Moab economy.

Representatives of the bureau, the National Park Service and state officials combined efforts to get the road and its six switchbacks reopened.


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