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Contact: Brent Everitt
Gulf Breeze, Fla. – Structural engineering assessments of Fort Pickens Road through the Fort Pickens Area and Highway 399 through the Santa Rosa Area have been completed following Hurricane Nate. Due to the damage and estimated repair timelines, both roads are expected to be closed through early December. Fort Pickens Campground reservations have been cancelled through Sunday, December 3, but may be extended if needed.
The National Park Service and the Federal Highways Administration are working closely to complete the repair work as quickly as safely possible. “These roadways are vital links for our community,” said Park Superintendent Dan Brown, “we are thankful that repairs will be able to be completed sooner than initially thought so visitors can return to these wonderful areas.” In addition to repairing road damage, the National Park Service will pursue options for improving road shoulders on the north side of both roadways. These erosion control methods may help avoid road edge damage caused by over wash during low category hurricanes and tropical events in the future.
The National Park Service closed all areas of the national seashore prior to Hurricane Nate making landfall along the Gulf Coast on October 7, 2017. The category one storm pushed significant winds and waves on to Santa Rosa Island. A full list of closures and impacts can be found at www.nps.gov/guis/learn/news.htm. Park status updates are posted online at www.nps.gov/GulfIslands, www.Facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, and www.Twitter.com/GulfIslandsNPS.
About Gulf Islands National Seashore: Created in 1971, the national seashore stretches 160 miles along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida and Mississippi, and includes barrier islands, maritime forests, historic forts, bayous, and marine habitat. Visit us at www.nps.gov/guis, on Facebook www.facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/GulfIslandsNPS, Instagram www.Instagram.com/GulfIslandsNPS.
About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice and Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice.