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Tag: Hurricane Ridge Road


Low visitation forces Olympic National Park to scale back access to Hurricane Ridge

Low visitation is leading Olympic National Park to close the road to Hurricane Ridge on most weekdays during the winter.

After a two-year trial to study the economic impact of a daily road schedule, the park has decided to return to a Friday-Sunday winter plan starting next month.

“Despite the best efforts of our local community, Olympic National Park employees and National Park Service staff in Washington, D.C., weekday winter access to Hurricane Ridge did not lead to a sufficient increase in visitors,” Todd Suess, Olympic National Park Acting Superintendent, said in a prepared statement. “Unfortunately, given the fiscal realities

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Hurricane Ridge Road to close temporarily Wednesday morning

Olympic National Park road crews this week will remove a large rock that is obstructing the ditch near Milepost 11.5 of Hurricane Ridge Road.

The road will be closed to all pedestrian and vehicle traffic at points just above and below the “Double Parking” area from 8-11 a.m. Wednesday.

Early this week, park trail crews will drill blast holes using a pneumatic drill and air compressor, which will block the uphill lane in this area for several hours. The lane will be coned off and flaggers posted as required, but no significant delays are anticipated during the drilling process, said

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Winter access to Hurricane Ridge will be open seven days a week under trial program

Community efforts have raised the $75,000 needed to help keep winter access to Hurricane Ridge open seven days a week.

The campaign reached its target Monday, allowing Olympic National Park staff to begin recruiting the additional employees and purchasing supplies needed to maintain daily access this winter.

This winter will be the first year of a two- to three-year trial period to provide daily winter access to Hurricane Ridge, while measuring the regional economic and tourism benefits of the new schedule, according to a park news release issued today.

The total additional amount needed to provide seven-day-a-week winter access is

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Hurricane Ridge Road to reopen Saturday

Good weather has allowed crews to complete repairs a week early, allowing Olympic National Park to reopen Hurricane Ridge Road Saturday.

As long as weather cooperates, the road will reopen Saturday at 9 a.m., park officials just announced. Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors traveling to the ridge Saturday and Sunday.

The road has been closed since Jan. 18 when a slope below the roadway slid downhill, taking with it most of both travel lanes along a 100-foot long section of road.

Port Angeles contractor Bruch & Bruch Construction, Inc., began repairs Jan. 22. The total cost of

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Hurricane Ridge Road repairs under way at Olympic National Park

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

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Hurricane Ridge Road repairs to begin Friday

Olympic National Park superintendent Karen Gustin said she hopes work can begin no later than Friday to repair Hurricane Ridge Road.

Three engineers from the Federal Highways Administration and park staff spent Wednesday assessing damage to the Hurricane Ridge Road and developing the preliminary design for repairing the slide area.

The repair design calls for removing the remaining fine-grained fill, replacing it with a rock and gravel foundation, installing a larger culvert and rebuilding the road. Repairs are estimated to take six weeks to complete.

The road has been closed since Monday when a slope below the roadway slid downhill,

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Slide closes Hurricane Ridge Road at Olympic National Park

The 17-mile Hurricane Ridge Road in Olympic National Park is closed indefinitely just below the Heart O’the Hills entrance station, approximately five miles south of Port Angeles.

A slope below the roadway slid Sunday afternoon, destroying both lanes along a 100-foot long section of road. The slide is just beyond the Lake Dawn Road intersection; access to Lake Dawn is unaffected.

A timeline for reopening the road has not yet been developed, although early estimates suggest that repairs may take at least a month to six weeks to complete.

The road closure applies to all entry, including bicycle,

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