Heavy rains ruin roads in Fergus, Petroleum counties

2014-08-27T14:38:00Z 2014-08-27T23:59:06Z Heavy rains ruin roads in Fergus, Petroleum countiesGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
August 27, 2014 2:38 pm  • 

Some gravel roads in Petroleum and Fergus counties are impassable following damage caused by last week's heavy rainstorms.

Petroleum County Sheriff Bill Cassell reported that Horse Camp Bridge, Alex Camp Crossing and Carl's Camp Crossing are all impassable.

Valentine Road is closed and portions of Blakeslee Road are washed out in areas between Grass Range and Winnett, north of the Teigen Ranch. The bridge crossing at Nunn Road and Welter Divide Road is gone.

In Fergus County Black Butte Road south of Roy is closed due to a washout and missing culvert. 

“Many washouts are not yet marked and travel is dangerous at night,” said Shane Hershman, administrative officer for the Bureau of Land Management. 

Drivers are advised to avoid traveling back roads at night if possible. If nighttime travel is necessary, drivers should proceed with caution and at reduced speeds.

Due to the volume of damage it is likely a number of these roads will not be repaired by archery season, which opens on Sept. 6, Hershman pointed out.

For the most current information on road conditions, call the BLM’s Lewistown Field Office at 406-538-1900, or the Fergus County Road Department at 406-535-5006. Your local BLM office may have additional road information specific to your area of interest.

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