ACADIA NAT’L PARK — So many people wanted to watch the Independence Day fireworks from the top of Cadillac Mountain that the summit road had to be temporarily closed to upward-bound traffic because of gridlock.
The road was closed for just over two hours starting at 7:55 p.m., according to park officials.
Because the Cadillac summit and the Blue Hill Overlook also are popular spots from which to watch the sunset, the mountain road had to be closed for an unspecified amount of time on Saturday evening, June 30, for 36 minutes on Sunday, July 1, and for 42 minutes on Thursday, July 5.
The section of the Park Loop Road between the Cadillac summit road and Jordan Pond House was temporarily closed on Sunday, July 8, because of cars parked along the road near Bubble Rock.
There weren’t as many road closures around the July 4th holiday this year as there were in 2017. The Cadillac summit road was closed three times last July 2 and four times July 3.
Some drivers were turned away from the Ocean Drive section of the Park Loop Road on July 2 last year. Also, part of the loop road in the Schoodic Peninsula section of Acadia was closed for an hour and a half on July 3 because of gridlock at Schoodic Point.
Acadia officials are counting on the long-range transportation plan they are now finalizing to help relieve some of the park’s traffic and parking problems.