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Hurricane Ridge Road closed today because of rockfall

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Aug. 18, 2009 at 9:44 am with No Comments »
August 18, 2009 9:44 am

Hurricane Ridge Road is closed today because of a slow but continuous rockfall onto the road,Olympic National Park officials said. If necessary, the road may remain closed longer, but park staff are currently assessing the situation and studying alternatives for reopening the road as soon as it is safe to do so.

“With a steady stream of gravel mixed with large rocks rolling and bouncing onto the road, safety concerns dictate this temporary closure,” said Sue McGill, deputy park superintendent, in a news release.

The slide, which followed a winter avalanche chute, is located just

above the road’s third and highest tunnel, about nine miles south of Port

Angeles, and originates on a steep slope high above the road. Falling

rocks were observed on Saturday, continuing through the day on Sunday and

leading rangers to close the road Sunday afternoon.

Park staff is working with the Federal Highway Administration to assess the situation and will fly over the site today to better inspect the summit and upper slope of the rockfall chute.

For information about alternative destinations within the park, people may go to the park Web site or call the Olympic National Park Visitor Center at 360-565-3130. The recorded Road and Weather Hotline is updated throughout the day with changes and can be reached by calling 360-565-3131.

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