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Canyon Rim Paving Project to Begin After Labor Day

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Date: September 1, 2010
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
September 1, 2010   10-100    
Al Nash (307) 344-2015


Canyon Rim Paving Project To Begin After Labor Day

Work is set to begin right after the Labor Day holiday weekend on a stretch of road along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

The project will consist of milling 4 inches of old asphalt off the road and replacing it with 4 inches of new asphalt from Artist Point to the intersection with the Grand Loop Road.

HK Contractors, Inc., of Idaho Falls, submitted the winning bid of just under one million dollars, and will start work on Tuesday, September 7.

Visitors can expect up to 30-minute delays during construction. Some temporary road closures will also be necessary, in order to complete paving before it gets too cold.

The South Rim Drive will be closed nightly between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., from Wednesday, September 8, through Friday, September 10, for the milling process of the project. The road will also be closed daily between noon and 8:00 p.m., from Monday, September 13, through Thursday, September 16, for the repaving process of the project.

During the short-term closures, visitors will still be able to capture breathtaking views of the Upper and Lower Falls and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone from overlooks along the North Rim Drive including Inspiration Point, Grand View Overlook, and Lookout Point.

The entire South Rim Drive repaving and rehabilitation project is set to be completed by late September, weather permitting.

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Did You Know?

Yellowstone Wolf.

There were no wolves in Yellowstone in 1994. The wolves that were reintroduced in 1995 and 1996 thrived and there are now over 300 of their descendents living in the Greater Yellowstone Area.