It won’t impact too many recreationists at this time of year, but Forest Road 1401 in the Oak Creek Wildlife Area will be closed to vehicle traffic beyond milepost 3.0 for a month later this summer while construction crews do some bridge culvert work.
The work involves upgrading a culvert damaged in the May 2011 floods and replacing a failing culvert on the South Fork Oak Creek Road with a wider bridge crossing.
The closure, which will run from Aug. 15 through Sept. 15, means people will no longer be able to drive the 1401 road from its junction with the 1400 Road into the Bear Canyon area. That shouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience since the 1401 has morphed over the years into an out-and-back route for motorists anyway. In addition, the construction will be completed by hunting season, and Bear Canyon below the 1401 is typically accessed by hikers coming up from a trailhead off Highway 12.