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Road into Larrabee State Park closing for repairs and grading

Hikers take a breather April 2, 2016, while on the Rock Trail in Larrabee State Park near Bellingham.
Hikers take a breather April 2, 2016, while on the Rock Trail in Larrabee State Park near Bellingham. krelyea@bhamherald.com

Rutted and potholed Cleator Road will get fixed and graded starting Thursday, May 19.

One of the roads into Larrabee State Park, Cleator will be closed Thursday through the weekend for the $10,000 project, according to ranger Amber Forest, interim manager for the park.

Gravel also will be put down on Cleator, which is an old logging road that hasn’t been maintained since 2012 because state park budgets were cut deeply and the state-owned grader broke and wasn’t replaced.

Money for the work is coming from the state Department of Transportation.

The project was expected to start earlier this week, but Forest said that was delayed because rain is needed to make sure the gravel sticks to the road once it is placed.

Repairs will be more extensive this time because the road hasn’t been maintained for a number of years, but a regular schedule should resume after this.

And that should make drivers, who worry that the wheels on their cars were going to pop off, happy.

“The potholes will be fixed,” Forest said. “The overall ability to go up and down will be a lot easier.”

To help keep down the number of ruts and potholes, she added, drivers should slow down to the speed limit of 15 mph. That way their tires don’t spin and create washboards.

Cleator Road ends at the Cyrus Gates Overlook, which is the jumping off point for a number of hikes and mountain bike routes in the Chuckanuts, including the newer Rock Trail, which links to the South Lost Lake Trail, and the Double Diamond Trail.

Call 360-676-2093 for details and current conditions.

Kie Relyea: 360-715-2234, @kierelyea

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