Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Going-to-the-Sun Road May Open this Weekend

The entire Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is anticipated to be open to vehicle travel by this weekend, allowing access to Logan Pass. While most snow removal efforts are being completed and snow above the road is being monitored and removed, road crews continue to sweep debris from the Going-to-the-Sun Road, install removable guard rails and road signage, and prepare the Logan Pass Visitor Center and area for opening.

Glacier National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow said, “Opening the Going-to-the-Sun Road is a priority, and many employees are helping to make that happen.” Trail and campground crews began assisting over the weekend to help remove snow by hand in the Logan Pass Visitor Center area. They continue to shovel snow, clean around facilities, and remove debris. Water testing is being completed, and facilities such as restrooms and the visitor center are being cleaned.

Mow said, “I am pleased that we are able to offer shuttle service to The Loop prior to vehicle access to Logan Pass.” The park’s free, optional shuttle system that provides shuttle services along the Going-to-the-Sun Road will continue limited operations to The Loop on the west side, until the entire length of the road opens. Beginning July 1st, shuttle service will be available at all locations between the Apgar Visitor Center and The Loop. East-side shuttle service will begin when access to Logan Pass is available.

Due to recent weather events, park managers anticipated vehicle access to the pass would be delayed, and decided to utilize some cost savings to provide limited shuttle access for the public. The cost savings was from postponed full shuttle operations, and salary savings of various park vacancies. Mow said, “We understand the value to the visitor, and local economy, of accessing the alpine section of the road and are doing our best to accommodate.”

The west-side vehicle closure remains at Avalanche and the east-side closure remains at Jackson Glacier Overlook. Closures will continue at their respective locations until the entire length of the road is open to vehicle travel.

Hiker-biker access on the west side of the park is currently available from Avalanche to Bird Woman Overlook. There is no hiker-biker access on the east side of the Going-to-the-Sun Road due to road rehabilitation work.

For more information on the shuttle system, please click here. For current information on park roads, weather conditions, and visitor services visit Glacier National Park’s website or call park headquarters at 406-888-7800.

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