Acadia National Park rangers in 2018 closed the summit road to Cadillac Mountain to incoming vehicles 54 times because of traffic congestion, possibly accenting the need for a reservation system to park at the peak.
The 54 closures at Cadillac occurred between June 26 and Oct. 24. The closures came as the number of visitors to Acadia in 2018 jumped to 3.52 million through November, exceeding in 11 months the 3.509 million for all of 2017, according to National Park Service statistics.
Christie Denzel Anastasia, public affairs specialist at Acadia National Park, said the park tracks the closures as best as possible and dispatchers record the closures on an Excel spreadsheet, but the numbers may not always be precise.
The summit road to Cadillac was recorded to be closed to incoming Acadia traffic about 70 times in 2017, she said.
“We can safely say that Cadillac Summit Road is the area that regularly experiences congestion, and has for a while,” she said. “But when we are able to close it for safety reasons, we do.”
The length of the closures varies from about 15 to 90 minutes, she said.