Crews have begun work to repair Hurricane Ridge Road, which has been closed for a week. A contractor this morning started removing the remaining asphalt and has begun digging out and removing the old fill material.
On Friday, Olympic National Park staff awarded a contract to repair the landslide to Port Angeles contractor Bruch & Bruch Construction Inc.
At this time, the contractor has been authorized to spend up to $1.4 million to repair the road. The final contract amount will be finalized within several weeks, said a park news release. Federal Highways Administration engineers have estimated the final repair cost to be more than $2 million.
The contractor will work twelve hours each day from Monday through Saturday. Preliminary estimates say repairs will take about six weeks.
The road is closed about one-half mile north of Heart O’the Hills entrance station. The combination of an active construction zone and unstable slope create an extremely hazardous situation, and public entry, including foot and bicycle access, is prohibited, said the release. Local access to Lake Dawn area residences remains open.
“We understand the importance of this road to our region, and restoring access to Hurricane Ridge as quickly as possible continues to be the park’s top priority right now,” superintendent Karen Gustin said in a prepared statement. “We have looked thoroughly at several options for providing a bypass around the slide, but given the size, schedule, cost and location of this project, an alternative route is simply not feasible.”
The contractor will first remove more than 2,000 truckloads of the remaining fine-grained fill and build a firm foundation with rock and gravel. A 6-foot diameter culvert and additional drainage will be installed and the road rebuilt.
For information about alternative destinations within the park, visit here or call the Olympic National Park Visitor Center at 360-565-3130. The park’s Road and Weather Hotline can be reached by calling 360-565-3131.