Acadia National Park To Complete Emergency Culvert Repairs

Update 7/12/23: The road is now open again to traffic

One of the two damaged culverts near the Great Meadow. (NPS Photo/Bies)

UPDATE 7/12/23: The Park Loop Road between Kebo Street and Great Meadow in Bar Harbor has reopened to all traffic. The road was closed for two weeks to replace two failed culverts, which contributed to the earlier flooding of Great Meadow and Sieur de Monts.

BAR HARBOR, MAINE – Starting Tuesday, June 20, the one-way 0.7-mile segment of Park Loop Road between the intersection with Kebo Street and Sieur de Monts in Bar Harbor will be temporarily closed to all users, including motor vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles, for emergency culvert repairs. All traffic will be detoured at Kebo Street and continue on Cromwell Harbor Road to Main Street (Route 3) then rejoin the Park Loop Road at the Sieur de Monts entrance.

This detour will not affect access to any other areas of Acadia National Park. The rest of Park Loop Road, including Ocean Drive, will remain open with no changes to traffic patterns.

Visitor safety is paramount to operations at Acadia National Park. Severe road damage to the Park Loop Road in the vicinity of the Great Meadow was identified last winter, but recently culminated in the complete blockage, subsequent flooding, and partial collapse of two culverts located on the northern edge of the Great Meadow.

Closing park areas, especially during peak visitation, is considered only in situations directly affecting visitor safety and resource protection. In this situation, the degree of damage and the potential for road failure warrant its immediate repair, which requires the road to be closed. The National Park Service is working closely with a contractor to expedite the repairs and reopen the road as soon as possible.