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Badlands Loop Road to Temporarily Close at Cedar Pass for Repair

ariel view of the Cedar Pass slump

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Date: December 3, 2013
Contact: Julie Johndreau , 605-433-5242

The Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. This steep and unstable slump is undergoing active erosion. The road is cracked and both lanes are in danger of failing. Recent snow and rain has added to the ongoing problem. While longer term solutions are being investigated, a deep patch of both lanes will be done in order to hold the road temporarily.

Work is scheduled to begin December 10, 2013 and is expected to last two to three weeks, depending on weather. During the construction phase, the road at Cedar Pass will be CLOSED to all through traffic. As soon as it is safe to do so, the road will be re-opened to through traffic.

For travel through Badlands National Park along the Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) from Interstate 90, visitors and residents will be directed to Big Foot Road at Exit 121 as an alternate route.

During the closure, visitors will still be able to access the Door-Window-Notch Trail parking lot from Interstate 90, Exit 131. Visitors will also be able to access the Ben Reifel Visitor Center from the west. The visitor center is open daily from 8 am to 4 pm. The visitor center is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Did You Know?

The rich hue of the Yellow Mounds paleosols

The yellow and red layers in the badlands formations are fossilized soils, called paleosols. Fossil root traces, burrows, and animal bones found within the soils provide scientists with evidence of environmental and climatic changes that occurred in the badlands over time.