Spokane, Washington, USA, 08 June 2011 – Potlatch announced today that the primary vehicle travel route between the town of Elk River and Granddad Bridge, also known as the Diamond Aquarius Road, in north central Idaho has been closed and will remain closed for several weeks.
“The company will be completing maintenance and reconstruction work to improve the road’s condition and alignment,” said Dan Jones, district forest manager for Potlatch in Deary, Idaho. “Heavy snowpack and spring runoff has taken a toll on sections of the road and repairs are necessary at this time to make the road passable again.”
A gate has been installed at the top of the Diamond Hill, which is about five miles northeast of Elk River and another gate has been installed on the west side of Granddad Bridge.
The Diamond Aquarius Road traverses a large region of Potlatch forestland and is owned and maintained by Potlatch. Potlatch allows public travel on suitable roads that cross its forestlands.
Granddad Bridge, which crosses the Dworshak Reservoir about 40 miles upstream of Dworshak Dam, is a popular point of recreational access to the upper reaches of the reservoir. Granddad Bridge will be accessible from Orofino and Pierce, Idaho, via the headquarters/Granddad Bridge Road route after the lingering snowpack melts away.
Potlatch reminds the public that forest roads are often narrow and curvy and that all drivers should use caution, drive slowly, and be alert for logging truck traffic.
Potlatch is a real estate investment trust (REIT) with approximately 1.5 million acres of timberland in Arkansas, Idaho, and Minnesota. Potlatch, a verified forest practices leader, is committed to providing superior returns to stockholders through long-term stewardship of its forest resources. The company also conducts a land sales and development business and operates wood products manufacturing facilities through its taxable REIT subsidiary. More information about Potlatch can be found at www.potlatchcorp.com.