Park looks to lessen impact of Annex work
As planning to strengthen the structure of the Paradise Inn Annex continues, park managers are looking at ways to lessen the impacts on visitors.
The park plans to begin the project, estimated at $22 million, in August 2017. The five-story structure has 79 rooms. The project timeline calls for the Annex to be closed to visitors until spring of 2019.
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“We’re going to basically take the building down to the studs,” said park Superintendent Randy King.
“One of the big things is how do we mitigate the impact on visitor use,” King said. “We’ll likely have a management team in place to deal with that, like we did with Paradise Inn project.”
King said they might have to close the Paradise Valley Road occasionally to move heavy equipment. That could cause an issue because the road often is used for overflow parking on busy summer weekends.
To review the park’s proposal, or to comment online, go to parkplanning.nps.gov/mora/piannex.
Visitors should expect summer delays
Visitors on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest may encounter road construction this summer as crews repair winter storm damage.
Forest Road 23: The Cispus Road Improvement Project is underway with a preliminary completion date of Sept. 19. The project spans 9.53 miles of Forest Road 23 near the Cispus Learning Center. The culvert replacement and pavement repairs will make it easier for fish to reach larger streams and improve travel conditions for vehicles. Drivers should expect a 20-minute maximum delay during construction.
Construction operations will not interfere with public travel on the roadway on any holiday or on weekends between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. the following Monday. As part of the construction, Cispus Road will be closed from milepost 2.71 to milepost 5.27 from 10 a.m. July 25 to 4 p.m. on July 28.
Between milepost 12 and milepost 24, Forest Road 23 suffered complete washouts of the road in two places and partial washouts in other places. Because of the complexity and cost of the work, this portion of the road will not open this year.
Forest Road 25 was scheduled to open July 1 after a slide damaged the road near Elk Pass.
For current conditions visit fs.usda.gov.
Telescope unavailable for most of summer
Goldendale Observatory State Park Heritage Site’s large telescope will be unavailable most of the summer while it is upgraded, the state parks commission announced recently.
Crews were scheduled to start dismantling the telescope June 29. The telescope is one of the nation’s largest public telescopes. Updates include research-grade cellular optics and capacity for astrophotography.
The park will remain open, but park hours are now 3:30-11 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. The park will offer shows at 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The afternoon shows will uses the facility’s solar telescope, and portable telescopes will be used for the evening show.
STP rolls through South Sound July 16
As many as 10,000 cyclists are expected to roll through the South Sound on July 16, the first day of the annual Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. Motorists are encouraged to allow extra time to reach their destination if traveling along the route. Most cyclists finish the 200-mile ride in two days, but about 20 percent reach Portland in one day. Two-day riders almost always travel at least as far as Centralia on the first day.
As of July 1, registration was still open for the ride. For more information, visit cascade.org.
Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor and Craig Hill, firstname.lastname@example.org