At first they wanted to wait for the first heavy rains to flush out the mud slides. That sort of happened by end of 2013, with the Zen temple at the bottom of the canyon getting buried in 5 feet of mud.
According to the ranger gossip, it was supposed to be re-opened by end of Sept 2014, however that's assuming funding is available on Jan-1 2014 to rebuild the trails and clear out the widow makers.
So we are almost half way through the year, the trail crews have not yet been funded, so trail work has not started.
What's her name, the REI ex-CEO that is now head of the US Dept of Interior, it's her call. But money that goes somewhere, has to come out of somewhere else.
On a separate note, the court judge said that the required parking fees/decals for Adventure Permits are illegal, unless you actually use the nasty toilets or picnic tables. So that means even less cash flow for the forest service, and trail repairs will likely continue to be deferred and delayed and closures extended.
I'm not defending it, just observing the red tape.
I would be in favor of a "I'm a big boy" disclosure. Put up a sign listing the known risks, and then for responsible people "enter at your own risk."
Right now it feels like they are using the "do not enter" law, to hold the forest hostage, until someone pays for maintenance.