Beginning Wednesday, June 12, the access road to Rabbit Slough and Wasilla Creek in the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge will be intermittently closed for the next several weeks. The closures come as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game work to improve roads and parking in the area.

An ADFG release sent Monday said the temporary closures will allow contractor's equipment to access the site safely while they work to expand the parking lot and create a new section of access road.

The refuge is a popular site for fishing, waterfowl hunting, wildlife viewing, hiking and more. ADFG says its increase in popularity has "pushed the limits of the existing parking lot at Rabbit Slough, particularly during the summer's salmon fishing season and fall's waterfowl hunting season."

Refuge visitors are being asked to respect traffic control signs during construction. ADFG also says visitors should be observant of equipment working at the site.

Rabbit Slough will be getting additional upgrades in spring 2010, which will include a new hardened boat ramp. Funding for these projects was made possible through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration (Pittman-Robertson) Act and Alaska hunting license purchases.

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