Park Newsletter May 9, 2008
Access to Upper Queets Restored!
The Queets Road closed to traffic in March 2005, when a rock slide undercut the road bed, rendering it unsafe for vehicles. In January 2006, an even larger slide at the same site completely wiped out 150 feet of the road, leaving a 200-foot deep chasm and closing the area to pedestrian traffic as well.
An environmental assessment, completed in spring 2007, examined the effects of establishing an alternative route using existing USFS and DNR roads.
Over the past year, park crews have made a number of improvements to the alternative access route, including installing a bridge, installing signs, and clearing, grading and resurfacing the roads.
Although slowed by the past two winter's severe storm damage, these repairs are now complete and access is restored to the upper Queets Valley. The campground will re-open on May 16.
Map and more information about visiting the Queets Valley.
NPS Photo by Jon Preston
Electric Line Restored to Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Area
Over three miles of new buried electrical cable in conduit was installed, along with 17 utility vaults. Conclusion of this project culminated many months of cooperative work by staff from Olympic National Park, the Clallam County Public Utility District (PUD) and repair contractors.
Although beach cleanups are a long-standing green tradition along Washington's Pacific beaches, this year's April 26 cleanup marked the first unified event along the entire coast.
On park beaches alone, over five tons of plastic, rope, tires and other debris were carried, hauled or dragged to trailhead dumpsters by 475 volunteers.
Olympic National Park is proud to be one of eight founding members of the Washington Clean Coast Alliance, which was founded earlier this year.
New WebPage for Hurricane Ridge Road Construction Updates
Weekly updates about construction progress on the Hurricane Ridge Road will be posted on Fridays on the park's website.
You may want to bookmark this page for weekly photos and status reports.
Did You Know?
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