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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will fund improvements to park roads
Bar Harbor, ME – Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele said the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has provided $2,670,668 to repave roads and parking lots and rehabilitate culverts and stonework in Acadia National Park. The National Park Service recently awarded Sargent Corporation of Stillwater, Maine, a contract to complete the work. Most of the work is on the Park Loop Road system and adjacent parking areas with some work in the Schoodic area.
The Lower Mountain Road (west side of Park Loop Road) will be closed from Bubble Pond to the Cadillac Summit Road April 26 through May 21 while crews replace culverts. This section of the road will be closed to all traffic, including walkers and bicyclists, due to the presence of heavy equipment and road excavation. Operators of vehicles exceeding 9’ in height should not go past the Otter Cliff Road, as they will not be able to exit on the Stanley Brook entrance road because of the low bridge. The Otter Cliff Road brings vehicles out to Route 3. Bicyclists can exit Park Loop Road at Bubble Pond to access the carriage road system.
Work will be occurring on other areas of the Park Loop Road throughout 2010. In most cases, traffic will be flagged through construction areas with short delays. Partial closures of parking areas and spot road closures of short duration will be required when work cannot be performed safely otherwise. No closures will take place during the peak season from June 19 through Labor Day.
For more information on specific road openings and closings, and conditions of trails and carriage roads, call 288-3338 and press “0”, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or go to the park website at www.nps.gov/acad.