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    Park roads and parking lots are under construction. Expect occasional 10 - 15 minute road construction delays along Hwy 240 Loop Road. There is limited parking at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Please follow the signs to park in designate areas.

Badlands Loop Rd Hwy 240 Road Construction Continues

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Date: May 14, 2010
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?

Painting of a mosasaur

During the Age of Dinosaurs, a warm, shallow sea covered the Great Plains, including what is now Badlands. Since dinosaurs were land creatures, no fossils of these animals have been found in the park. Giant marine lizards called mosasaurs swam in the ancient sea, along with sea turtles and fish.