Recent road damage has caused the closure of the popular Ecola State Park. According to state park officials, crews are evaluating the road damage, weather and soil conditions, and repair options.
The affected section was damaged by the sliding hillside beneath the road. Efforts to shore up the section failed, and the road surface became uneven and unsafe.
Park rangers safely escorted all visitors out of the park Sunday afternoon. The sliding hillside also disconnected the park’s main water line, which shut off running water in the park.
Ben Cox, park manager, says the closure length is unknown at this time.“We’re still evaluating the extent of the road damage and forming a plan for repairs,” said Cox. “The land may continue to slide too, so we’re being cautious.”