The V-C this traffic sign refers to is Acadia’s Hulls Cove Visitor Center, which is closed for renovations and is not expected to open until late May. ISLANDER PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Loop Road, visitor center openings delayed

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The Park Loop Road won’t be opening April 15 as planned because sections of the road are still covered with snow and ice, park officials said Wednesday.

“In some locations the ice across the road is at least one foot thick,” Superintendent Kevin Schneider said. “We anticipate opening the road to motor vehicles as soon as it is safe to do so.

“The park is beautiful at this time of year, and people can still use the Park Loop Road for walking and bicycling, being mindful of gates swung across the road and heavy equipment trying to clear ice.”

The Hulls Cove Visitor Center is not expected to open until late May this year. Park officials said in a press release that King Construction Services crews “have been working in the visitor center for months to create a better arrangement for visitor services and upgraded restrooms.”

As part of the renovation, the theater in which the park’s introductory film has been shown is being removed.

Park information will continue to be available at the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at the corner of Main and Cottage streets. Information services also will be available at the park’s Sieur de Monts Nature Center beginning April 20.

Park entrance passes may be purchased at the Thompson Island Information Center and the Sand Beach entrance station starting May 1.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

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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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