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Construction work will continue for three more weeks on the Hurricane Ridge Road, but beginning tomorrow, Saturday October 18, bicycles will again be permitted to ride on the 17-mile road.
“We are very pleased to allow bicyclists to ride the Hurricane Ridge Road once again,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin. “We appreciate the public’s patience and look forward to completing this project in early November.”
Safety concerns prohibited bicycles from using the road for a five-month period during the most intensive construction activity.
Work will continue along the road shoulders on weekdays through November 7. Flaggers will direct traffic during this time and bicyclists and motorists are both urged to use caution and to be prepared for delays while traveling the road during the week. The project is currently set for completion on November 7; no work is scheduled for Saturdays or Sundays.
The $12 million road rehabilitation project is a partnership between the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration and local contractor Lakeside Industries.
When complete, the Hurricane Ridge Road will be completely resurfaced, along with the Hurricane Ridge parking lot and numerous pullouts along the road. Repairs to three sections of road that were severely damaged during the December 2007 storm were also completed during this project, along with installation of new conduits to carry utility lines to Hurricane Ridge.