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Tunnel Repairs Scheduled for Hurricane Ridge Road: Traffic Delays Anticipated Starting August 26

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Date: August 20, 2013
Contact: Rainey McKenna, 360-565-2985
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005

Work to rehabilitate three tunnels along Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge Road will begin August 26.Motorists should expect one-lane of traffic and delays of up to 20 - 30 minutes on weekdays through November 15.

MJ Hughs, based in Vancouver, WA, is the contractor for the $379,000 project. Scheduled work includes repairs and maintenance to the tunnels' interior concrete liners and exterior portals, removal of vegetation and loose rock above the portals, application of concrete sealant, and a new coat of reflective interior paint to provide improved visibility and safer conditions for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Hurricane Ridge Road will remain open throughout the work period, but traffic will be restricted to one lane through work zones to accommodate construction equipment and provide for public safety.

"Maintaining safe access into Olympic National Park is one of our top priorities," said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. "We recognize the inconvenience this work may represent to some of our visitors, and we ask the public for their understanding and patience."

Preparatory work will begin August 26 and delays of up to 20 minutes should be expected through August 30. Rehabilitation work is scheduled to begin September 3 and continue through November 15. Delays of up to 30 minutes should be expected during construction. Work will only occur weekdays between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; no holiday or weekend work is scheduled.

Current road information is available by calling Olympic National Park's recorded information line at 360-565-3131 or online at nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/current-road-conditions.htm.

Did You Know?

star-shaped purple flowers growing in a crack of a rock

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