Duck Brook Road may not reopen

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — A .7-mile stretch of Duck Brook Road that has been closed to vehicle traffic since a washout several years ago could remain closed permanently.

The cost of repairing and maintaining the stretch, which runs from West Street Extension to the Duck Brook Bridge carriage trail entrance, is just too high to justify the work, park planner John Kelly said. The decision also would benefit the growing number of people who enjoy walking and biking on the road without worrying about larger vehicles.

“For both the public benefit of allowing car-free bike and pedestrian traffic, and the savings we would experience in keeping it open only to that use, we are recommending it stay closed and gated for administrative access only,” Kelly said.

Several years ago, the soil beneath Duck Brook Road was washed out by storms, causing significant undermining of the pavement and the collapse of a section of the road. The section has since been repaired enough to allow safe passage for bicyclists, walkers and occasional automotive traffic, Kelly said. Park officials believe that leaving the road the way it is right now, but closing it to traffic, would provide a safe route for many years to come.

This is the third season that stretch of the road has not opened for the summer.

The cost of permanently repairing the road would be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Kelly said.

The Duck Brook Bridge carriage trail entrance is still accessible by vehicle via the New Mills Meadow Road, which intersects with Eagle Lake Road.

Park officials are scheduled to share their plans with Bar Harbor town councilors on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Following that, they will provide a public comment period and may have a public meeting of their own, Kelly said. Anyone having questions or concerns is encouraged to contact Keith Johnston at ANP at 288-8750, or by email at [email protected]

Robert Levin

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Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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