January 5, 2021
RE: Winter Road Closure Enforcement
On November 5th, 2020, Bonneville County Commissioners signed Resolution #20-07 activating yearly winter closures for a number of our back country roads. These annual closures are due to the difficulty in maintenance and safety issues surrounding winter conditions and also help facilitate grooming of winter recreation trail systems for tracked vehicles. Too often during these closures our Deputies encounter vehicles who drive beyond the road closed signs and become stuck or stranded in unpredictable weather conditions and require rescue. Along with safety issues related to being stranded with little to no cell service or preparation for winter survival, we see damage to the road and adjacent private property that often extends Road and Bridge’s ability to repair and re-open the roads in the spring. Many of the motorists our Deputies encounter think it’s ok to drive past the road closed signs into these areas because they’ve seen other vehicle tracks in the snow or mud.
The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that chooses to access these areas beyond the road closed signs in a wheeled or non-tracked motorized vehicle they could be charged with a misdemeanor as well as bear the extensive costs of towing and recovery of any stranded, abandoned or stuck vehicles. Our Deputies ask that every one adhere to these closures and report anyone who travels past or removes road closed signs. Deputies will be taking enforcement action as appropriate for anyone located in a closure area.
At the same time, for people who take advantage of the winter trail system via tracked vehicles or skis, we ask that you respect the trail system, wildlife and private property areas along these areas. Always prepare for emergency winter survival and hazardous conditions and always tell family members where you are going and when you plan to return. Taking the time to plan for safety before you go could mean the difference in a quick and safe rescue if needed, and even more importantly the difference between life or death.
A map of current road closures can be found on the Bonneville County website www.co.bonneville.id.us, included in those closed areas are the following:
Kepps Crossing at Eagles Pass
Bone Road and Blackfoot Reservoir Road beyond the Snowmobile parking lots
Foothill Road between 85th E. and 115th E.
Johnson Road from 101st N. to the Blacktail Road
Snake River Road from Vanoy Dugway to Indian Creek