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Little Round Top will close for 18 months on Tuesday

The Gettysburg National Military Park will close Little Round Top on Tuesday.

The closure affects all roads that lead to the site and will be in place for about 18 months.

The closure is to allow renovations that will address crowding, accessibility, safety, erosion, and degraded vegetation.

The Devil’s Den area has also been closed for rehabilitation since March 21 for erosion and safety issues. According to the park service this area is expected to reopen in September.

Read more: The closure may affect tourism and businesses but there is still much for visitors to do in and around Gettysburg.

Park Communication Specialist Jason Martz said a major focus of the Little Round Top project is the small parking area that has become a safety hazard for visitors. He said the work will create a safe area for people to unload from tour buses and a “space where cars and people can coexist peacefully.”

The renovation will add crosswalks and create better ADA accessibility.

Martz said the renovations will also enhance the visitor learning experience. “We will be adding more interpretive signs and more gathering areas for large groups. We will be giving people a better experience through all these improvements.”

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  • Is there a map showing exactly what roads will be closed? Will pedestrians and cyclists be allowed through?

  • Will any witness trees be removed? Will any boulders be removed? Are any grades being changed? Will visitors be told to stay on the paths?

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