NH Highland Games Still Scheduled for September 16-19
Lincoln, NH, August 31, 2011: Despite damage to the main bridge that accesses Loon Mountain Resort from Route 112, Loon is open for all summer activities. Alternate access to the resort is available via South Peak Bridge, located to the west in the town of Lincoln.
Sunday’s tropical storm dumped up to 5″ of rain over the area, causing the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River to flood, undermining the bridge abutments and closing Route 112/The Kacamagus Highway east of the Resort. The NH Department of Transportation closed the bridge on Sunday evening and state engineers were here on Tuesday to assess the damage and get repair work started. Repair work began Tuesday afternoon, and then a portion of the bridge collapsed early this morning. The collapse did not stop repair work, which continues today.
“The good news is that we are open and work has already begun to repair the bridge. We were very fortunate that we did not sustain any further major damage, as did several other resorts and many other areas in New England,” said Rick Kelley, president & general manager. “We’ve had great cooperation and assistance from the Town of Lincoln, the State of New Hampshire, and the utility companies.”
There will be no impact on winter operations and alternate plans are already in place to host the upcoming 36th Annual New Hampshire Highland Games, September 16-18. “This is a very important event, both for Loon and the Lincoln Woodstock area, and we are committed to doing whatever it takes to make sure the Games go on as scheduled at Loon,” said Kelley.
Loon is open daily for all activities through Labor Day, and hosts the annual Summer Sendoff event on September 3-4 as scheduled. After Labor Day, the Gondola Skyride will be open daily through October 16 and the Loon Mountain Adventure Center, Riding Stables and Segway Tours will be open weekends through October 10.
For bridge updates, events and NH Highland Games information and tickets, visit loonmtn.com.