North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park

Going to North Cascades National Park This Weekend? Here's Some Important Road Information

September 3, 2009, 8:31 am

Park visitors have been occasionally been known to ignore warning signs and other sources of information, but anyone using the Cascade River Road in North Cascades National Park this coming weekend really needs to pay attention.

Bridge work will close part of the road for a month or more starting September 8, and any vehicles which haven't been removed from the area up the valley from the construction site will be there for the duration. That's likely to be for a month or more.

Work on the bridge actually began on Tuesday, September 1, but the road will reopen briefly to accommodate visitors for the holiday weekend. Here's what you need to know from a park announcement:

The Cascade River Road in North Cascades National Park will close to vehicular traffic at Hard Creek Bridge (MP 12.7) beginning on September 1, 2009. The road will be open September 5-7 during the holiday weekend. The road will be closed again on September 8 through project completion in mid-October. Any cars left up-valley of the construction will not be able to exit Cascade River Road until the project is complete.

Foot or bicycle traffic may be allowed, but may encounter delays and must obey direction provided by construction crews to ensure their safety through the construction zone. FHWA will be closing the road to accommodate bridge installation and permanent road repairs.