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April 2, 2013

Cunard Road closures extended

FAYETTEVILLE — The National Park Service is extending the closures of Cunard Road due to safety concerns resulting from the construction work.

Robin Snyder, chief interpreter, explained the National Park Service is working with federal highways to provide much-needed repairs to Cunard Road.

The repairs began in mid-March with the anticipation that full road closures would be needed Tuesday through Thursday during April.

These closures have now been extended Monday through Friday until April 26.

This access to the river for boaters, fishermen, campers and hikers needed repairs from numerous storms over the past two years that have caused six slips to the asphalt roadway. The roadway is dangerous to through traffic with drops of more than 12 inches.

Contractors are performing 4-foot excavations as a result of the repair work to the base and subbase of the roadway, preventing one-lane openings particularly on the sharp curves of this access.

Full road closures can be expected Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. through April 26 and single-lane closures Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. between April 29-May 12.

Additionally, there is a possibility of long delays during the paving process and the possibility of evening closures.

The Horse Trail Parking Lot is closed for the contractor to use as a staging area. During road closures the road is closed to all through traffic, including pedestrians.

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