Rehabilitate Hurricane Ridge Road Project
Major Reconstruction Project Set to Begin on Hurricane Ridge Road
Work began April 21 on a seven-month project to restore and rehabilitate the popular Hurricane Ridge Road in Olympic National Park.
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.
Also scheduled for completion during the construction period are repairs to three sections of road that were severely damaged during the December 2007 storm and installation of new conduits to carry utility lines to Hurricane Ridge.
Motorists should expect delays of up to 20 minutes during the summer months, with delays of up to 30 minutes in the spring and fall. Flaggers and pilot cars will guide motorists through the active construction areas and temporary traffic signs and signals will be installed for weekend and evening travel.
"Safety concerns dictate that bicycles will not be permitted during the months of active construction, from May 5 through mid-October," said Acting Superintendent Sue McGill. "The combination of heavy construction equipment, unpaved roadway and the need to employ pilot cars poses too many risks to allow bicycles this summer."
As work progresses throughout the spring and summer, road access restrictions may change. Updates will be provided each week, or more frequently if needed.
Visitor safety during road construction is of utmost importance. Heavy machinery with limited visibility, uneven and unpaved road surfaces (up to four miles at a time), one-lane sections of road and lack of guardrails will all pose risks during the upcoming construction season. These, combined with the road's typical mountain characteristics (steep grade, tight curves, limited sight distance, frequent fog), have led to the decision to restrict bicyclists from using the road during the construction project.
Construction work will begin on April 21 as the contractor begins mobilizing for the project, but construction delays and restrictions will not begin until early May. Weekend work is not scheduled at this time, but may be added at any time if needed.
Weekly construction updates will be released throughout the spring, summer and fall as work progresses.
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