ALTON, Kane County — The Navajo Lake Road on the Dixie National Forest, which is in the process of being paved, will close Wednesday, Dec. 7, to protect it during the winter.

Work on the project, which is approximately 85 percent complete, will resume in late spring or early summer, depending on the weather. Once work resumes, it’s estimated the project will take four to six weeks to complete.

According to forest engineer Steven O’Neil, the closure is in place to protect the multimillion dollar investment from vehicle traffic and ruts that the local contractor would need to fix in the spring.

The Navajo Lake Road is a high-traffic, 5.7-mile roadway that provides access to summer recreation cabins, trails, campgrounds, Navajo Lake and the North Creek Road.