May 18, 2013

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He was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life threatening. No names were released.


Acadia opens main road to vehicles following delay

Acadia National Park has opened the entire Park Loop Road to vehicles.

The 27-mile road, the main road through the park, opened Friday after a monthlong delay because of federal budget cuts.

Acadia officials announced in March that the Park Loop Road, the Hulls Cove Visitors Center and the Cadillac Mountain summit road would open a month later than their usual mid-April openings because of the series of automatic spending cuts known as "sequestration."

The Cadillac Mountain summit road opened on May 11, and the visitor center is set to open on Sunday.

The park's hiking trails are all open except for where peregrine falcons are exhibiting nesting behavior.


Bridge observatory opening for seventh season Saturday

The only bridge observatory in the United States is opening for the season this weekend, offering 360-degree views of the Penobscot Bay islands, surrounding towns and even Mount Katahdin.

The Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory opens for its seventh season on Saturday. The sightseeing tower is high on top of the western tower of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge that links Prospect and Verona Island over the Penobscot River.

This year's opening was delayed because of the demolition of the old Waldo-Hancock Bridge, which was shut down when the Penobscot Narrows Bridge opened in December 2006.

The 42-story-high observatory will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until June 30. It will be open until 6 p.m. from July 1 to Aug. 31.


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