Road Construction and Infrastructure Project Work for 2021
Road reconstruction typically requires warmer weather. In this part of the country that means road construction overlaps with the primary visitor season of May through October.
In the summer of 2021 there will be several road construction projects that may impact travel times within the Glacier National Park area.
For a listing of roads currently open or closed please click here.
As You Approach the Park
U.S. Highway 2
Highway 2, along the southern boundary of the park, will see extensive road work between Hungry Horse, MT and the Nyack Flats area. Expect traffic delays along this route.
U.S. Highway 89
The section of Highway 89 immediately east and south of St. Mary, MT will be under construction this summer. This is the continuation of a multi-year project that has been ongoing for the last few summers. Expect traffic delays.
Inside the Park
Vault toilets will be installed at Big Bend and St. Mary Falls between June 10, 2021 and August 26, 2021. At both locations, expect limited parking and minor traffic delays.
A trail hardening project at Lunch Creek (just east of Logan Pass) and Upper Road Camp (just west of Haystack Creek) may require traffic delays. Construction equipment will use some of the parking areas limiting available parking spaces. Logan Pass will have gates installed at the entrance and exit of the parking lot and a new shelter will be constructed at the Logan Pass Transit Stop, to help shield against inclement weather.
Guardwall work will continue this summer at various locations along the Going-to-the-Sun Road as needed.
Beginning in October, work to repair water and sewer infrastructure will require a closure of the section of road from the four-way intersection (near Apgar) to Lake McDonald Lodge. This section of road will be closed from October 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. There will be no winter recreation access through the closure.
Many Glacier Road
Two sections of the Many Glacier Road will be under reconstruction in 2021. The section from Babb, MT to the Park Boundary and the section from the Park Entrance Station to the Many Glacier Hotel will be worked on. Expect delays of up to 40 minutes through these sections of the road. Please adjust your estimated travel time accordingly.
During periods of heavy visitation traffic may be stopped at Babb and entrance to the park may be held until traffic or parking congestion has cleared.
The Many Glacier Valley will close to all access from March 15, 2021 until May 28, 2021 and will close for the season on September 17.
Road reconstruction work will extend for approximately 5.25 miles up Camas Road, beginning just past the Apgar Visitor Center. Also, there will be a new park entrance station installed just past the turnoff to the Fish Creek Campground.
Inside North Fork Road
Bridge work will be ongoing on the bridges over Logging, Quartz, Anaconda, Dutch, and Camas Creeks. Access south of Polebridge to Camas Creek will be prohibited. Hikers will be permitted to access the Camas Creek Trail, just north of the Camas Creek Bridge.
Additional Bridge Work
Bridges over Lee Creek (on the Chief Mountain Highway) and Appistoke Creek (near the campstore in Two Medicine) will also undergo reconstruction work in 2021.
Timeframe of Road Work and Project Construction in Affected Location (project dates highlighted in yellow)
Apgar to Lake McDonald Lodge
Public Utility Project
Road Closed to all access beginning October 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022
Big Bend and St. Mary Falls Trailhead
Vault Toilet Installation
Traffic delays and limited parking
Weather Shelter Installation
Construction work in parking lot and near walkways.
Upper Road Camp and Lunch Creek
Expect limited parking and minor traffic delays
North Fork and Camas Road
Road Work and Entrance Station Construction
Expect 30 minute delays from Apgar to 5.25 miles up Camas Road.
At a date to be determined there will be three weeks of potential nighttime closures on the Camas Road.
Inside North Fork Road
Quartz, Logging, Anaconda, Dutch, and Camas Creek Bridges
Polebridge to Anaconda Creek closed to access during bridge project work.
Prior to 8/1, hiker/biker access will be permitted between Camas Creek and Logging Creek
Many Glacier Entrance Road
Expect 40 minute delays between Babb, MT and the park boundary and between the Entrance Station and the Many Glacier Hotel.
East Side Bridge Work
Lee Creek and Appistoki Creek
Expect minor traffic delays at both project locations.