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  1. #1
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    Demo Closed this Weekend!

    Well, not really but I thought I'd get your attention. The Highland Bridge to the parking lot will be getting rebuilt. The bridge will be closed to everyone including bicycles and hikers. The only in and out of Demo is through the Ridge Trail. You're really gonna have to earn your turn.

    Daryl

    Message from the Forest Manager:

    Please help spread the word about the temporary closure of the main access bridge off of Highland Way.

    The bridge will be undergoing repairs starting this Friday (June 8th) and will hopefully be wrapped up by the end of the day Monday (June 11th), but could carry on until Tuesday (June 12th). Work will be between the hours of 7 AM to 5 PM and will be open for emergency access if needed. The bridge will be resurfaced and new handrails will be installed. Please understand that these repairs are for the safety and wellbeing for all forest users. During this time we recommend that Forest users postpone their visits. The parking lot will also be closed.

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions please call the Soquel Demonstration State Forest Office at (831) 475-8643.

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    Daryl - thanks for posting this notice. The contractor is naturally hoping to do the work as quickly as possible. Therefore the fewer interuptions or delays the better. The problem is there are no good detours to go around the work area.

    They have to first remove all the existing railing. Next they will weld a bunch of "L" shaped brackets onto the steel decking to hold new timber planks. The new decking will not make the bridge travelway any wider but the handrails will be taller, sturdier, and will be offset further to the outside so they will not be as vulverable to damage as before.

    Another heads-up; we will resume logging in the Tractor Trail area in about a month from now. Trucks from that timber sale will once again be leaving the forest via the parking lot and this bridge. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
    -Ed
    Soquel State Forest
    Please don't use the "P" word.
    We're not a park!

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    Just a Reminder

    The only way to enter and exit Demo this Friday 6/8 through Monday 6/11 is through the Ridge Trail. There is no access across the Highland Way Bridge. It is closed to everyone, including cyclists and hikers, for much needed repair. This weekend would be a good time to do the epic ride from Aptos to Demo and back again. Or, take Shuttle Smith and do some laps in Demo and then ride back to Aptos. Enjoy your weekend!

    Daryl Breuninger
    V.P. MBOSC

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    Ouch, climbing Sulfer Springs twice to get out. Once if you come from Aptos. Ridge trail from the helipad is going to be busy in both directions.
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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