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Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Olympic National Park’s Staircase Road will be closed for five days next week to allow the park’s road crew to make major repairs to the road. The road will be gated at the park boundary and closed to all motor vehicles from Monday, September 14 through Friday September 18; the road will reopen in time for weekend travel. The road will remain open throughout the week for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
“This work will finalize the long list of road repairs throughout the park that were caused by the storms of late 2007,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin. “While we regret any inconvenience caused by the closure, we warmly invite people to enjoy the newly repaired road after the work is completed.”
This repair project was scheduled for September, after the busy summer visitor season, and must be completed before October 1 in order to minimize impacts to spawning fish.
The Staircase Road within the park boundary was damaged by flooding and heavy rains during the fall of 2007; the road remained closed for much of the following winter but reopened in time for the 2008 summer season.
For current information on all Olympic National Park roads, people may call the park’s Road Condition Hotline at 360-565-3131.