Crawford Avenue in Gettysburg National Military Park is closed again today. So let’s say you’re a family of four from, oh I don’t know, how about Kansas? It’s your first time to Gettysburg, you came a long way, and you want the best tour possible before school begins next week. You’re driving east on the Wheatfield Road, and you want to make a right turn to see Little Round Top and Devil’s Den. Well, you can’t go this way, and the detour sign, instead of taking you east and over the east side of Little Round Top instructs you to turn around somewhere here and head back west. Really? Please see our posts on the previous closures and detours in and around Crawford Avenue on August 6, 2008 and August 8, 2008. This view was taken from the northwest facing southeast at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, August 18, 2008.
Crawford Avenue and Ayres Avenue in Gettysburg National Military Park are closed again today due to road construction. Crawford Avenue has been closed on and off the the last two weeks, and Ayres Avenue for approximately one week. The National Park Service is replacing culverts and resurfacing the roads.
Although Crawford Avenue had been blacktopped this weekend, they are putting a fabric coating on it today. This view was taken from the north facing south at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, August 18, 2008.
If the family of four from Kansas drives back to the west and attempts to turn left or south on Ayres Avenue, they’ll find it is not only, closed, the detour sign takes them back to the east, back towards Crawford Avenue. This view was taken from the northwest facing southeast at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, August 18, 2008.
Here is a satellite view of where the detour signs are located. Ayres and Crawford Avenue are located 175 yards apart from one another. This view from the southeast looking northwest was provided by Google Maps and can be further explored here.
Here is the new layer of blacktop on Ayres Avenue. This view was taken from the north facing south at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday, August 18, 2008.