Thursday, May 16, 2013

2013 Construction on the Going-to-the-Sun Road

As many of you are already aware, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is undergoing a multi-year project to rehabilitate the 50-mile engineering marvel that spans the interior of Glacier National Park.

Included in the recently published 2013 Summer Guide to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the official park newspaper, are details on the rehabilitation project for 2013, and what visitors can expect in terms of delays.

This year work will continue between Avalanche Creek and Logan Creek on the west side of the Divide, as well as the section of road between Siyeh Bend and Rising Sun on the east side:

As of today the park expects the full opening of the Going-to-the-Sun Road to occur on Friday, June 21st (7:00am). However, that date is dependent on weather and plowing progress, and could be later than expected.

For the majority of the 2013 season, between Friday, June 21 and Monday, September 23, travelers should expect no more than two construction segments, with short daytime delays of less than 20 minutes each.

Once the 3.5 mile segment between Avalanche Creek and Logan Creek is completed, all construction activities will switch to the east side, between Siyeh Bend and Rising Sun (9 miles). Visitors should expect daytime delays during this one project of 30 minutes or less.

Nighttime closures between Siyeh Bend and Rising Sun are anticipated from Monday night (9:00pm) through Friday morning (7:00am).

Beginning at 7:00am on Monday, September 23rd, the road will be closed to vehicular traffic between Siyeh Bend, and a point near the St. Mary Campground, in order to facilitate accelerated construction on the east side of the Sun Road.

Prior to the road fully opening for vehicle traffic, hiker and bicycle travel may be restricted in construction areas along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Signs will be posted to advise visitors of access and restrictions.

Glacier officials are encouraging drivers to turn off their engines and set their emergency brakes during these short delays. They also ask that you remain in your vehicle so that the flow of traffic can resume promptly.

For more information on driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road, as well as a quick reference guide, please click here.

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