Several construction and repair projects are scheduled on Olympic National Park roads. While work is ongoing, visitors should expect delays and temporary closures.
"These road repair projects are need-ed to maintain safe access to the park," said Olympic National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin.
"We recognize that the timing of these projects may present an inconvenience to our visitors, but these projects can only be successfully completed during the warm, dry months of summer."
Lake Crescent - U.S. Highway 101
The 12.3-mile section of U.S. Highway 101 around Lake Crescent will be resurfaced this summer and is scheduled to be completed in approximately two weeks during August (specific dates are yet to be determined.) Highway 101 will remain open but traffic will be restricted to one lane and delays of up to 20 minutes should be expected on weekdays.
Hoh Rain Forest
The paved roads within the park's Hoh Rain Forest area will be chipsealed between July 27-Aug. 10. Expect delays of up to 20 minutes and temporary closures of parking areas and the campground.
The Hoh Rain Forest campground will be closed for up to 24 hours on Monday, July 27, and again on Monday, Aug. 3, and all campers must vacate. Timing is weather dependent, schedule changes will be communicated as early as possible.
Nearby campgrounds include the Minnie Peterson and Willoughby Creek campgrounds, operated by the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and Bogachiel State Park.
Quinault Graves Creek Road
The Graves Creek Road was severely storm-damaged in December 2007. Since April 2008, the road has been open for bicycles, stock and pedestrian use but it will close to bicycles and stock on July 20 for major reconstruction. East Fork Quinault Trail hikers should finish their hike before July 20 or choose a different route.
Between July 20 and Oct. 30, hikers will encounter heavy construction equipment and possible lengthy delays along the road and will need to exercise extreme caution. The Graves Creek Road is scheduled to reopen for vehicle traffic on Nov. 1.
For wilderness travel information, including alternatives to the East Fork Quinault Trail and current trail condition reports, check the park's Web site at www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/wilderness-trip-planner.htm or call the park's Wilderness Information Center at 360-565-3100.
For more information about trip planning and park access, visit www.nps.gov/olym.
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