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Road Between Norris and Madison Closed

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Date: August 17, 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

                 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 17, 2009    09-065               

Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015

 

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE

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Road Between Norris and Madison Closed

 

A section of Yellowstone’s Grand Loop Road has been closed for the season to facilitate a major road construction project.  This work can only be done during the summer and fall, due to the length and severity of winter in the interior of Yellowstone National Park. 

 

The road between Artist Paint Pots through Gibbon Canyon to the Tuff Cliff Picnic Area closed at 10:00 p.m. Sunday night, August 16. This section of road will remain closed to all traffic 24 hours a day through the November 2 fall closing date of most park interior roads. 

 

The full closure is necessary in order to construct a new bridge span across the Gibbon River, replace the deck and surface of the bridge near Beryl Springs, and continue to remove massive amounts of rock and dirt to realign the road near Gibbon Falls. Since this requires complete removal of a section of the existing road, there can be no emergency vehicle travel, deliveries, or administrative travel during this time.

 

Despite the closure, park visitors will still be able to travel to and between all major locations in the park. However, it may take more time than normal to travel between some locations during this time.

 

Anglers will be allowed to access the Gibbon River between Artist Paint Pots to the bridge north of the Monument Geyser Basin trailhead, and from one mile south of Gibbon Falls to the Tuff Cliff Picnic Area, as long as they don’t walk on, along, or near the road.  A map showing the fishing closure is available at http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/09065b.htm

 

The road will be open for snowmobile and snowcoach travel for the December 15 scheduled start of the 2009-2010 winter season.

 

Construction work will resume once the road between Norris and Madison reopens to automobiles on April 16, 2010.  Visitors can expect up to 30-minute delays from April on into October. After Memorial Day, visitors can also expect nightly closures from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.  The nightly closures are expected to end just prior to the Labor Day holiday weekend. There will be no all-day or multi-day closures of the road between Madison and Norris in 2010.

 

Maps and additional details on park road construction projects are available at all visitor centers and online at http://www.nps.gov/yell.  Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is always available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.

 

- www.nps.gov/yell

Did You Know?

Seventh Cavalry Ensignia Pin.

Prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose.