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April 18, 2013

Refuge's gravel road to be rebuilt

NEWBURYPORT — Portions of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and state reservation will temporarily have limited access as the road leading into the facility undergoes a complete renovation.

According to refuge officials, the gravel portion of the road between the Hellcat Swamp parking lot and Sandy Point State Reservation will be reconstructed. The work will cause portions of the refuge and the state reservation to have limited access on certain days of the week beginning next week.

The gravel road will be closed to all traffic on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. One-way traffic, helped by the presence of flag personnel, will be allowed on Friday mornings. Two-way traffic will be permitted on Friday afternoons and on the weekends.

While the road project is expected to be completed by the end of May, the exact duration of the work will be influenced by a number of factors, including weather. The last significant roadbed reconstruction occurred in 1994.

Updates about the construction project and related traffic limitations will be posted to the refuge website: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/parkerriver/.

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