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Temporary Closure of Beartooth Highway

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Date: September 24, 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
Sept. 24, 2013@10:30 am  

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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Temporary Closure of Beartooth Highway

In light of the incoming winter storm, the Montana Department of Transportation, the Wyoming Department of Transportation, and the National Park Service are working with law enforcement authorities to temporarily close the Beartooth Highway tonight.

This high elevation section of US-212 will be temporarily closed to through travel as of 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening, September 24.

On the Wyoming side, the road will be closed at the Long Lake Gate, which is 14 miles east of the intersection with WY-296, the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway.

On the Montana side, the road will be closed at the bottom gate 13 miles south of Red Lodge.
After the storm passes, crews will re-evaluate the status of the road.

Visitors and area residents may still travel between Red Lodge and Cooke City, Silver Gate, and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone by way of WY-296.

Updated road information for Montana is available by calling 800-226-7623 and is available online at http://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/. The latest information on road conditions in Wyoming is available by calling 888-WYO-ROAD or by visiting http://www.wyoroad.info/. Current information on roads in Yellowstone National Park is available 24-hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.

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