ANF Proposes Longhouse Scenic Byway Road Maintenance

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – August 15, 2016 – The Allegheny National Forest is proposing a major road maintenance project on the Longhouse National Scenic Byway (Forest Road 262). The project may begin the summer of 2017. District Ranger Rich Hatfield said the project includes replacing nearly 150 culverts; stabilizing erosion; replacing guardrails and re-paving the road. Hatfield said that many of the culverts are part of the original construction in the late 1960s and have reached the end of their lifespan.

During construction, portions of the road will be closed and detours to recreation sites will be established. As construction plans are developed, additional public notifications will be issued.

The Longhouse Byway is an 11.3 mile, two-lane paved highway that serves as the only access to Dewdrop and Kiasutha Recreation Areas and Elijah Run Boat Launch. The road is popular for pleasure driving and viewing fall foliage. It also serves as part of the Allegheny Snowmobile Loop in winter. Between 300 to 2,000 vehicles per day use the road during the summer.

For comments or questions on the project, please contact Rich Hatfield, District Ranger at 814-363-6098 or rhatfield@fs.fed.us.