Outdoors

Repairs will close Staircase Road for week

Staircase Road in the southeast corner of Olympic National Park 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 through Sept. 18, according to a park news release. 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,” park superintendent Karen Gustin said in a news release.

The repair work was scheduled to be done after the busy summer visitor season, and must be completed before Oct. 1 in order to minimize impacts to spawning fish.

Staircase Road inside the park boundary was damaged by flooding and heavy rains during the fall 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, visitors can call the park’s Road Condition Hotline at 360-565-3131.

The News Tribune

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