The complete replacement of the bridge on Forest Road 423 at Laurel Fork Campround in Pocahontas County will soon require visitors to that part of the forest to plan their travel routes in the area. The bridge, located at the southeastern edge of the main campground, will be closed to all traffic during construction, which may begin as early as Monday. Although both the main campground and the adjacent overflow area on the other side of the bridge will remain open, visitors will not be able to drive between the two while the work is taking place.
Laurel Fork Campground is a popular location for many summer visitors, who access the area from numerous routes. Signs will be placed at all main access points to the area to indicate that the bridge will be closed, in an effort to keep visitors from having to backtrack if their plans include visiting an area on the other side of the bridge.
"While we regret the impact to both local residents who utilize the bridge on a regular basis and to visitors wishing to camp in the area, replacement of the bridge has become a safety issue," notes Greenbrier District Ranger Jack Tribble. "Site and cost constraints made it impractical to build a temporary bridge but we are committed to replacing the existing bridge with a new, safer one as quickly as possible."
The bridge is currently scheduled to be replaced by the end of July, weather conditions permitting.
- The bridge on Forest Road 423 will be replaced.
- Construction may begin as early as Monday.
- Visitors to Laurel Fork Campground will still have access to the sites.
- Weather permitting, a new bridge will be finished by the end of July.
- Vehicle traffic between the two campground sections will be closed.