SPRINGERVILLE — Construction operations continue next week for the environmental cleanup at the cinder borrow pit known as the Pat Mullen Cinder Pit located on the Lakeside Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
The cleanup excavated approximately 800 tons of material containing lead and arsenic. Large haul trucks will transport this material to a landfill located near Phoenix, Arizona.
The haul route is via Ski Hi Road (Navajo County Road 182) to Tomahawk Road (Navajo County Road 187) to Buck Spring Road to State Highway 260.
Buck Spring Road is within the town of Pinetop. It is estimated 15 haul trucks per day will go through this haul route from 7 a.m. to noon from Dec. 6 through Dec. 9.
The 5.8-acre area is a former cinder borrow pit which has been closed for cinder removal for over 25 years. The former cinder pit is situated near the Sky-Hi Retreat residential area and approximately four miles from the town of Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona, in Navajo County. It is located at the end of paved Navajo County Road 182 and approximately 450 feet northeast of East Sky-Hi Road.
If you have any questions, please contact Josh Miller, District Ranger, at (928) 368-2101, or by email at Joshua.Miller2@usda.gov.