Detour Route Enforced on Birch Road
1/25/2016 - Work to repair South Columbia Basin Irrigation District's canal crossing on Birch Road, approximately one (1) mile west of Glade North Road, will be conducted on Wednesday January 27th, 2016. See detour route here. Duration and time of construction may change, please check website often for the latest information.
For further information call Franklin County Public
Works at 545-3514.
Franklin County Road Restrictions Have Been Lifted
01/25/2016 - All road restrictions in Franklin County have been lifted.
Juniper Dunes Recreation Area Access Road
The Board of Franklin County Commissioners will be holding a public hearing to establish a County road from Pasco-Kahlotus Road to the Juniper Dunes Recreation Area on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 9:00 am. Click here for the published Notice of Hearing.
2015-04-08 - The Board of Franklin County Commissioners held a public hearing on the route preference for a Juniper Dunes access road on April 8, 2015. The public was afforded opportunity to voice opinions and concerns. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Board concurred with the County Engineer's report that Alternative 2 was the preferred option. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will make the final determination as to the route location.
County Engineer's Report:
July 22, 2015 Juniper Dunes Access Road - County Engineer's Final Report
Federal Highway Administration Juniper Dunes webpage (includes environmental assessment (EA)):
The Western Federal Lands Division of the Federal Highway Administration, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and Franklin County, is planning to construct a public access to the Juniper Dunes Wilderness and off-highway vehicle areas. The project is currently in the early planning stages.
The following conceptual videos were shown during an open house on July 31, 2014. Please note that these are conceptual only, and do not imply road location or specifics.
Conceptual Video (Existing Peterson Road) (.wmv file)
Conceptual Video (Route 1A) (.wmv file)
Conceptual Video (Route 1B) (.wmv file)
Conceptual Video (Route 1C) (.wmv file)
Conceptual Video (Route 2) (.wmv file)