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Chapel Road Project Underway

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Date: October 5, 2009
Contact: Chris Case, 906-387-2607, ext. 209

A road construction project to improve access at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will require a temporary closure in the coming weeks. The Chapel Road will be temporarily closed from 8 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13, to 6 p.m., on Friday, October 16.

The temporary closure affects the northernmost mile of Chapel Road. Gerou Excavating, Inc., will replace culverts and place gravel on this road section just south of the Chapel parking lot.

Hikers and overnight backpackers will need to make alternative plans for parking during this period. The road and parking lot will re-open as soon as the work is complete.

"We very much appreciate Gerou's willingness to schedule and accomplish the work as late as possible in the color season so fewer visitors will be affected by the road closure," remarked Facility Manager Chris Case. Culvert replacement and gravel will improve drainage, protect the adjacent watershed, and improve access to the popular camping and hiking opportunities in the Chapel area of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Case added.

Did You Know?

Kingston Lake Campground, owned State of Michigan, is located within Pictured Rocks NL's inland buffer zone.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is the only National Park Service area with an inland buffer zone within its boundary. It is owned by the State of Michigan, corporations, and private citizens. The zone was created to permit sustained yield timber harvest and protect the watershed. More...