The U.S. Forest Service will temporarily close three well-traveled roads in the High Knob area.

The forest service announced Tuesday that Little Stony Creek Road (FS 700) in Scott County will be closed beginning June 24 to repair storm damage. The road will reopen when repairs are complete, which is expected to be no later than July 24.

Following completion of repairs to Stony Creek Road, additional repairs and temporary closures will take place on Eagle Knob Road (FS 238) and Clear Creek Road (FS 293) in Wise County. Work is expected to be completed by September.

“This repair work is needed to address damage from past storm events that caused substantial damage to the road infrastructure,” according to a press release. “The roadwork will improve drainage and road safety. While repairs are underway, portions of the road will be unpassable. Also, heavy equipment will be traveling into and along the road making the road unsafe for visitor traffic.”

The repair work is funded by the Federal Highway Administration through the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads Program.

“I recognize these are popular roads and the temporary closures will be an inconvenience to our forest users,” District Ranger Michelle Davalos said. “However, visitor and worker safety is my primary concern at this time. I look forward to the roads being open in an improved condition and serving as a source of enjoyment for Forest visitors.”

For more information about the repair work, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj/ or contact the Clinch Ranger District office at 276/679-8370.

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