Soft, wet roads result in closures near Coconino Nation Forest
(Source: Coconino National Forest)
COCONINO NATIONAL FOREST, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -
As the snowbanks are melting and the soil is drying out, Coconino National Forest wants to remind drivers that some roads remain closed. They also want the public to know that accessing these closed roads is illegal.
Coconino National Forest has seen a rise in people ignoring closed gates and bypassing or destroying them to access the soft and muddy forest roads.
"We have assisted multiple stranded motorists and some families on the closed forest roads, some of which entered the forest not knowing the gate had been illegally opened by the public," Officer Andy Pederson, forest service law enforcement officer said.
There are still patches of snow along many of the roads near Coconino National Forest, which are causing road closures. Many of the roads are heavily saturated after the winter snow and can't support the weight of vehicles.