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'Exceeding expectations' - Yellowstone National Park provides update on road repairs

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Posted at 8:35 AM, Sep 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-02 10:59:28-04

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS - Roads are being repaired at Yellowstone National Park following damage from the historic flood event in June.

Park officials released new videos and photos of the ongoing road repairs on Thursday. Visit Yellowstone’s Flickr albums for Old Gardiner Road [flickr.com] and Northeast Entrance Road [flickr.com] to view photos and videos of recent construction progress on these road corridors.

Reconnecting the park to the communities of Gardiner, Montana (North Entrance), and Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana (Northeast Entrance), remains Yellowstone’s highest flood recovery priority, park officials said in a press release.

“Efforts to reconnect to these communities are on schedule and exceeding expectations,” said Superintendent Cam Sholly. “We will continue to update the public on progress as we move into fall but fully expect that regular vehicle access will be restored by mid-October with additional work occurring afterwards as long as weather permits.”

Northeast Entrance Road repair progress September 1, 2022: secti
NPS / Jacob W. Frank

While permanent reconstruction of both the North and Northeast entrance road corridors will be multi-year efforts, the park has been working on substantial temporary solutions to reconnect these areas before the upcoming winter season:

  • North Entrance Road (Mammoth Hot Springs to the North Entrance in Gardiner, Montana): Efforts to two-lane the temporary road (Old Gardiner Road) that connects Mammoth Hot Springs to the North Entrance in Gardiner, Montana, are expected to be passable for regular traffic by Oct. 15, with additional improvements continuing beyond that date, weather permitting. This temporary road will allow for regular vehicle access to travel between Mammoth Hot Springs and Gardiner going into the winter season. 
  • Northeast Entrance Road (Tower Junction to the Northeast Entrance in Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana): Efforts to repair approximately five damaged sections of the Northeast Entrance Road are underway and expected to be passable for regular traffic by Oct. 15, with additional improvements continuing beyond that date, weather permitting. These temporary repairs will allow for regular vehicle access to travel between Tower Junction and Cooke City/Silver Gate. 
  • Learn more about the temporary and long-term reconstruction timelines for these entrances in the Aug. 3 flood recovery update [nps.gov]. 

Yellowstone will continue to provide updates should timelines change going into the fall due to early winter weather or other unforeseen events.

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