July 22, 2015 15-048
Julena Campbell or Amy Bartlett
Nightly closures will be in effect seven days a week between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am for the section of road just north of the entrance to the Norris Campground to the Moose Exhibit turnaround in the Willow Park area just south of the Indian Creek Campground eight miles south of Mammoth Hot Springs. Both campgrounds will remain open and accessible 24 hours a day. The closures are anticipated to last into September, but may be extended until early October if needed to safely complete the road project before winter.
During the day, all park roads are open, but visitors should expect traffic delays of up to 30 minutes in construction areas. Motorists should use caution when traveling through construction areas: observe posted speed limits, be alert for construction workers and equipment, and be prepared to encounter gravel road surfaces that are bumpy, dusty, or muddy.
This roadway project involves improving and widening the current 18 to 22-foot wide road to the national standard of 30 feet. Included in the overall construction project is the addition of improved pullouts, widened shoulders, safer parking areas, reconstruction of a bridge over the Gardner River and re-routing of portions of the blacktop around critical thermal areas. The work is the first significant upgrade the road has received since it was first constructed in the 1920s, and is scheduled to be completed in October of this year.
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Last updated: July 22, 2015