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Construction Work Begins On 9-Mile Site, Continues On Tower Road

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Date: July 12, 2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2013             13-054    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015
YELL_Public_Affairs@nps.gov

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Construction Work Begins On 9-Mile Site, Continues On Tower Road 

New construction has begun on a section of the East Entrance road located near Lake Butte at the northern edge of Yellowstone Lake known as “Nine-Mile.”

A combination of water runoff from the mountain above and an unstable earth layer underneath the road surface has caused a section of the road edge to break away over time. Throughout the construction, which is expected to be completed by the end of the season, traffic will be guided through a short, one-lane section with a portable traffic light. Temporary closures may be a possibility, but are not expected.

Motorists entering the park from points east can also chose to enter the park through the Northeast Entrance at Cooke City, Montana, via the Beartooth All-American Highway (US-212) from Red Lodge, Montana, or via the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway (US-296) from Cody, Wyoming.

Construction also continues on the road between Tower Fall and Tower-Roosevelt. No nighttime closures are in effect, yet visitors could experience delays of up to a half an hour passing through the area.

The National Park Service (NPS) will notify the public in advance if any road closures are implemented due to ongoing construction projects.

For valuable trip planning information, visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/index.htm. For current road conditions 24 hours a day, call (307) 344-2117.

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