Carriage roads closed again

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Because of the warmer temperatures and melting, the park once again temporarily closed the carriage roads on Friday to allow the gravel surfaces to thaw without incurring any damage.

A closure earlier this spring had been lifted after nearly a foot of snow fell on March 19.

Walking, biking or running on the carriage roads at this time causes significant damage which is costly to repair, said chief of maintenance Keith Johnston. A rut created by a single bicycle can cause serious erosion in a heavy rain storm.

Once the carriage roads dry off and firm up they will be reopened. The roads generally remain closed for approximately two weeks.

Closing the carriage roads at this time, however, does not preclude visitors from enjoying the park. Some portions of the Ocean Drive are open and many trail heads are accessed from state roads. Mr. Johnston also asked that people not drive on any of the park’s dirt roads on the west side of Mount Desert Island.

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