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Parker 425 area road closures announced

Parker Off-Road Races Close BLM Lands Temporarily

Staff Reports
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 3:59 PM MST

Temporary Bureau of Land Management public land closures are scheduled for Jan. 6 and 7, and Feb. 3 and 4, for the annual running of the Parker 250 and Parker 425 desert off-road races.

The BLM Lake Havasu Field Office has announced the temporary closure of selected public lands under its administration in La Paz County, Ariz.

The Parker 250 Desert Race closure is in effect from 2 p.m. (MST) on Friday, Jan. 6, through 6 p.m. (MST) on Saturday, Jan. 7.

The Parker 425 Desert Race closure is in effect from 2 p.m. (MST) on Friday, Feb. 3, through 11:59 p.m. (MST) on Sat., Feb. 4.

The closures would ensure public safety and prevent unnecessary environmental degradation during the permitted running of the 2012 Parker 250 and Parker 425 Desert Races.

Areas subject to this closure include all public land; including county maintained roads and highways located within two miles of the designated course.

“As in past years, we will have designated spectator areas so people can enjoy the races,” said BLM Lake Havasu Field Manager Kim Liebhauser. “Post and cable fencing and concrete barriers will be used to designate two spectator areas in Bouse, Ariz. The five-mile long spectator area along Shea Road outside of Parker is above the race course, protected with post and cable fencing along the bluff, and will not require a speed zone.”

Liebhauser added, “The Parker races are an important tradition to the community and public. We’ve had a perfect spectator safety record for 40 years and we want to keep it that way.

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