Badlands Loop Rd Hwy 240 Road Construction Continues
Contact: Aaron Kaye, 605-433-5243
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. — Road construction to replace culverts and repave the Badlands Loop Road (Hwy 240) is continuing within the park, but has been occasionally delayed by spring weather. Traffic entering the park at Pinnacles, Interior, or Northeast Entrances can travel through the park on the Badlands Loop Road, but vehicles will encounter numerous sections of the road that are gravel or milled surfaces as this project progresses for the next several months. During periods of spring weather, maintenance of pulverized pavement sections will continue, but culvert replacement, sub base repairs and paving may be temporarily suspended and then resumed when conditions dry out. Visitors and locals are reminded that the road improvement project is ongoing and travel through the park may include multiple short delays as work continues into this summer.
The park road is being improved through a Federal Highways American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (AARA) project. For more information, please call park headquarters at (605) 433-5361.
Did You Know?
The badlands are some of the fastest eroding landscapes on earth with erosion rates averaging 1” per year in their fragile layers. However, in areas where sandstone is found, the erosion rate may be 1” in 500 years. Often, toadstools form when surrounding sediments erode beneath a sandstone caprock.