MOUNT DIABLO -- The view from Mt. Diablo's observation deck is one of the most awesome in California. This weekend will be one of the last for the next several months for visitors to be able to stand on the deck and take in the panorama.
The deck will close sometime over the next week or so for a major renovation project, It won't reopen until January.
After years of wear and tear, the project is intended to protect the integrity of the structure and the exhibits inside the Summit Visitor Center from water leaks. It's the first major work on the viewing deck since the 1990s.
The deck was closed last winter for a temporary fix. This time the fix is intended to be more permanent.
"The work will consist of adding a new concrete topping to the viewing deck, followed by application of the traffic coating and the installation of a guardrail," Jason Hart, maintenance chief for the State Parks department, said in a press release. "In addition, the doors and windows of the tower which is adjacent to the deck will be re-weather proofed and painted. "
Also, the building's elevator shaft and cab will be upgraded.
The observation deck, at 3,849 feet on the mountain's summit, is a popular spot for locals and tourists. On a clear day, if you look west from the viewing deck you can see the San Francisco skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge and the craggy Farallon Islands in the Pacific.
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Once the deck closes, visitors will still be able to take in the views from the parking lot below the deck. The exhibits inside the Mount Diablo Summit Visitors Center will be closed periodically until the project is complete.
The building was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1939 to 1942 out of fossil-laden sandstone quarried in the park. It was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1949. It is topped by a 1928 navigation beacon installed on top of the mountain that assisted early air travel to San Francisco.
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