Selkirk Hill road closes due to avalanche risk

The Selkirk Hill road (Spruce Drive) closed on Friday, January 14th due to high avalanche hazard above the gabion wall on the eastern side of the road.

  • Jan. 14, 2011 2:00 p.m.
Selkirk Hill road was blocked off just beside Alexander Park Elementary School.

Selkirk Hill road was blocked off just beside Alexander Park Elementary School.

The Selkirk Hill road (Spruce Drive) closed on Friday, January 14th due to high avalanche hazard above the gabion wall on the eastern side of the road. At 9:30 am Ryan Galliger of Avaterra Solutions called the Town of Golden and recommended the area be closed immediately.

The road is closed to all traffic and pedestrians from Alexander Park Elementary School to the hill’s crest near the junction with Selkirk Drive. Local traffic is able to access the area through the Reflection Lake and Peter Bowle-Evans Forest Service Roads.

“The road will be closed indefinitely until a second avalanche assessment can be made,” said David Love, the Emergency Coordinator for the Town of Golden, on Friday morning. Love explained that Avaterra employees have seen an avalanche slide on the gabion wall in a previous years and closing the road was a precautionary measure.

“Public works is working at capacity right now, and will continue to work at capacity,” said Love. “For the purpose of protecting the public and not disrupting normal operations of the town, we had to close this road.”