The National Park Service is planning to make improvements at the Channel Islands National Park with two major construction projects.
The projects will include replacing the pier at Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island and the crane on Anacapa Island. As crews make those updates to the islands, there will be temporary restrictions in place in those locations.
"The new Scorpion Anchorage pier and Anacapa Island crane will be major improvements to the visitor experience and to critical park infrastructure on the islands," said Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Ethan McKinley in a press release. “We apologize for the temporary lack of access for both park visitors and partners and look forward to much improved access due to these major infrastructure projects in the near future."
The Santa Barbara Adventure Company will have to downsize during the construction process. To allow visitors to still enjoy their time on the Channel Islands, Island Packers will offer daily trips to Prisoners Harbor on Santa Cruz Island, winter weekend trips to Santa Rosa Island and special day trips to other island locations.
The pier construction is scheduled to start in November 2019 and expected to take six to eight months to complete. The crane project will begin in October with estimated completion in April 2020.
These schedules could be changed due to weather or other circumstances not in the control of the crews.
Once the projects are finished, officials will begin work on a list of other maintenance issues on the Channel Islands.