The following is a press release from the National Park Service.
INDEPENDENE, CA — Beginning Monday, April 6, 2020, portions of one-mile frontage road and 3.2-mile auto tour road at Manzanar National Historic Site will be closed for chip sealing.
The auto tour road, which was paved in 2018 to improve access and safety by clearly delineating where visitors should drive and to eliminate low, flood-prone areas, will be closed for 24 hours. The project, which is expected to take approximately one week, will also require partial closures of the frontage road and parking lot.
“Chip sealing will help preserve the pavement as well as approximating the World War II-era appearance of the roads,” said Superintendent Bernadette Johnson. “We apologize for any inconvenience to visitors, but this will result in long-term cost savings and visitor benefits.”
During the chip sealing project, visitors may explore the site on foot and/or drive to the camp cemetery via dirt roads on the north and west boundaries of the site. They should wear sturdy shoes, hats, sunscreen, and carry water.
While Manzanar National Historic Site’s facilities are currently closed to minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, those who choose to visit Manzanar during this pandemic are encouraged to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees.
Manzanar National Historic Site is located at 5001 Highway 395, six miles south of Independence, California. For more information, please call (760) 878-2194 extension 3310 or visit their web site at https://www.nps.gov/manz. Manzanar is also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ManzanarNationalHistoricSite and on Instagram at @manzanarnps.
LEAD PHOTO: The cemetery monument at the Manzanar National Historic Site Photo by Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee.
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