Keith Johnston, Acadia’s chief of facility management, marks the completion of the Eagle Lake carriage road rehabilitation project by opening the gate to the carriage road near the Eagle Lake boat ramp last Friday. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANP

Eagle Lake carriage road now fully open



Openings in a rehabilitated stone pedestrian bridge on the east side of Eagle Lake allow water to flow into a stream.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ANP

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — Rehabilitation of the Eagle Lake carriage road has been completed, and the entire 6-mile loop reopened last Friday for walking, running and cycling.

Sections of the much-used carriage road have been closed for much of this year as construction crews rehabilitated the surface, subgrade and associated drainage features such as ditches and culverts. They also rebuilt several sections of dry-laid stone retaining walls and stabilized stone slope protection walls between the carriage road and areas with steep slopes.

Construction company Harold MacQuinn Inc. had a $2.8 million contract for the project.

The Eagle Lake carriage road project completed the rehabilitation to all 45 miles of the carriage road network in Acadia.

“Acadia contains the best and most extensive example of a historic carriage road system in the United States,” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “The carriage roads are in outstanding condition for visitors to enjoy, thanks to Friends of Acadia and generous private philanthropy.”

Friends of Acadia president and CEO David MacDonald said the effort to rehabilitate and ensure permanent maintenance of the carriage roads demonstrated the power of matching federal funds with private donations.

“Friends of Acadia has granted more than $5 million to the National Park Service for carriage roads over the years and helps organize thousands of hours of volunteer work to maintain this treasured network,” MacDonald said.

Park officials said the carriage roads will continue to need routine seasonal and annual maintenance, as well as restoration work to repair any damage that might be caused by storms.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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