Elwha Valley Whiskey Bend Road to Close for Repairs on Thursday, October 20

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Date: October 14, 2011
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Contact: Dave Reynolds, 360-457-0715

Whiskey Bend Road, the gravel road connecting Olympic Hot Springs Road to the Whiskey Bend trailhead, will close to all use on Thursday, October 20.

The road has been closed to vehicles, but open to foot, stock and bicycle traffic since last December, when winter storms caused extensive damage to the road.

This Thursday, the 4.5-mile Whiskey Bend Road will close to all use-motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and stock users-for approximately 45 days so that contractor Barnard Construction and the Olympic National Park road crew can begin repairs to two slide-damaged areas.

After last December's slide damage, road engineers discovered large voids where log cribbing beneath the road had eroded away, seriously compromising the road's stability and motorists' safety, necessitating the road closure and repairs.

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