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Date: May 18, 2009
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
May 18, 2009     09-031    
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015


Broken Water Main Prompts Temporary Closure Of Road South Of Canyon Junction

A section of Yellowstone’s Grand Loop Road from Canyon Junction to Fishing Bridge will be closed beginning at 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 19,  to allow National Park Service staff to repair a broken water main that underlies the road about of mile south of Canyon between the Canyon Corrals and the south end of the North Rim Drive.  The break occurred yesterday at around noon.

Maintenance crews secured the road to allow temporary travel through the area until 7:00 a.m. tomorrow.  After the road closes, visitors can still travel to Canyon by way of Norris Junction.

NPS maintenance crews will work to reopen the road to travel late Thursday afternoon. 

The water main broke from the weight of accumulations of mud from continuous slides coming off an adjacent hill.  This is the same water main that broke last May when the roadbed collapsed.

Despite the water line break, there is adequate water stored at Canyon to avoid any disruption in service.

Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling (307) 344-2117.

     – www.nps.gov/yell


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.