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Corps announces road closure at Mel Rieman Recreation Area

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District
Published Oct. 6, 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, announced today that the road through the Mel Rieman Recreation Area on Lake Ashtabula near Valley City, North Dakota, will be closed effective immediately. A failing culvert has produced unsafe driving conditions.

The two-mile road connects Barnes County Highway 17. The road will remain closed until an assessment can be completed and conditions are deemed safe.

“We understand that this is an inconvenience and we are working hard to make the road safe as soon as possible,” said Rich Schueneman, section supervisor with the Corps’ St. Paul District. “The safety of our visitors and the motorists in the area is our top priority.”

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