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  • Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed

    The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.

Public Reminded that Hurricane Ridge Road Will Close Monday through Thursday, September 15 through October 16

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Date: September 12, 2008
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005

To accommodate the compressed construction timeline and allow timely completion of the Hurricane Ridge Road reconstruction project, the road will be closed to all traffic Monday through Thursday, beginning this Monday, September 15 through Thursday, October 16. The road will remain open Friday through Sunday during this time.

As work continues, updates will be provided and changes to this schedule will be released as soon as possible.

“We do regret inconveniencing any of our visitors, but are committed to completing this project before winter,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin. “During the weekday closures at Hurricane Ridge, we encourage people to explore other areas of the park, such as Deer Park, the Elwha and Sol Duc valleys or Lake Crescent.”

Weekend motorists should drive carefully through all construction zones. When construction is underway, motorists may encounter delays of up to 40 – 50 minutes each way. Flaggers and pilot cars will guide motorists through the active construction areas and temporary traffic signs and signals are installed for weekend and evening travel. Bicycles are not permitted on the Hurricane Ridge Road during the construction project.

This $12 million road rehabilitation project is a partnership between the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration and local contractor Lakeside Industries. When complete, the Hurricane Ridge Road will be completely resurfaced, along with the Hurricane Ridge parking lot and numerous pullouts and parking areas along the road.

The Hurricane Ridge Road was built in the late 1950s and was last resurfaced in 1979.

For information on visiting Olympic National Park, visitors should check the park’s website call the Olympic National Park Road and Weather Hotline at 360-565-3131.

Did You Know?

marmot

Although related to other marmots and groundhogs of North America, the Olympic marmot is unique. An endemic species, it is found only in the Olympic Mountains. Visitors to the high country of Olympic National Park may be lucky enough to encounter a marmot sunning itself near its burrow.