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ONP to add new fiber connection to Hurricane Ridge Road

May 16th, 2014 - 5:15am

(Port Angeles) –- Beginning Monday, Olympic National Park maintenance crews will begin a three-week project to install 12 miles of fiber optic cable from Heart o’the Hills to Hurricane Ridge.

The fiber optic cable will radically improve phone and digital communications from Hurricane Ridge, will improve the park’s two-way radio system and will reduce the park’s yearly utility costs by nearly $19,000. Currently, phone and minimal data connections to Hurricane Ridge are provided through a microwave system.

The new fiber optic cable will save microwave lease fees to the tune of $12,000 per year. The new cable will also allow relocation of a key component of the park’s two-way radio system from a leased site outside the park to Hurricane Ridge, saving another $6,600 annually.

To accommodate the three-week project, the Hurricane Ridge Road will be closed overnight and through the early morning hours of most weekdays from May 19 through June 5.

The road will be open daily from 10:00 am to sunset and will remain fully open on weekends and Memorial Day, May 26.

Crews will work from 5:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Daily. This project is timed to coincide with the park’s annual spring cleaning of the ditches and culverts along the Hurricane Ridge Road.

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