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Bar Harbor, ME - Superintendent Sheridan Steele announced that Acadia National Park has awarded a contract to Harold MacQuinn, Inc. for $227,850 to resurface about fourteen miles of carriage roads. The project will restore surface material lost to wind and water over the years since the roads were rehabilitated. Work will require temporary closures of some parking areas and road sections.
The first sections to be resurfaced will be portions of the Around Mountain Loop and Hadlock Brook Loop between Brown Mountain and Parkman Mountain parking lots. Sections will be closed in such a way as to always allow a detour route for those seeking to complete loop trips. Because of the presence of large construction equipment, the entire Parkman Mountain parking lot and a portion of the Brown Mountain parking lot will also be closed. Signs, maps, and park staff will be present to assist visitors.
People who want to use the carriage roads in the vicinity of Parkman and Brown Mountains are encouraged to use the fare free Island Explorer bus system. The Route 6 Brown Mountain bus provides daily service every 75 minutes between Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor with stops at the Mount Desert Island High School and Brown Mountain parking area. Parking is available at the high school front parking lot. Please check the Island Explorer bus schedule for departure times or contact Downeast Transportation at 288-4573 or www.exploreAcadia.com.
Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 8, and continue through the fall with work in the Aunt Betty Pond and Around Mountain to the Seven Sisters area. The park recommends that carriage road users in this area be alert for construction traffic and use other areas of the system during the construction period. There will be weekly updates of progress.
Please contact 288-8827 for information on the status of closures.