Harpers Ferry Road will be closed during part of the summer.
Harpers Ferry, WV (KM) The National Park Service says construction work will begin near Maryland Heights on Monday, May 17th. The agency says crews will install new buried steel supports along a hill near Harpers Ferry Road which was the site of a landslide in 2018. The goal is to reduce the possibility of future landslides. .
The Park Service says on or about May 17th and for about a week, flaggers will direct traffic in a single open lane along Harpers Ferry Road. The road will be closed temporarily between Clark Road and Hoffmaster Road from May 24th through mid-June. Motorists in that area will able to drive past the initial closure on Clark Road.
After that, flaggers will be on hand to direct traffic through a single open lane.
NPS says steps will be taken to make sure fire and rescue and other emergency vehicles will still be able to use the road.
During construction, the parking lot at Maryland Heights will be closed. But visitors can walk from Lower Town in Harpers Ferry to Maryland Heights, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.
The temporary closure of Harpers Ferry Road will allow the work to completed faster, according to the Park Service. The agency says this project will enable the park’s neighbors and visitors to travel without delay in the longer term.
Detour signs will be posted so drivers will know how to navigate the construction site.
For more on this project, go on line to the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park website. at https://nps.gov/hafe/index.htm.
By Kevin McManus