Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Going-to-the-Sun Road is Now Open

All 50 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park are now open to vehicle travel. Public access between Avalanche Creek and Logan Pass resumed at approximately 2:30 p.m. today after park road crews and contractors finished removing debris from the 12 rock and mud slides that occurred Tuesday afternoon.

Sixteen miles of the Sun Road were closed Tuesday afternoon after Glacier National Park Dispatch received report of rock and mud slides above The Loop to an area near Triple Arches. Road clearing efforts began immediately as park employees and road contractors ensured visitors and vehicles were safely removed from the area.

Road clearing efforts involved use of equipment and hand shoveling to remove debris on the road and in culverts and ditches. HK Contractors, Inc., road rehabilitation contractors, aided park staff with road clearing efforts, often working outside their construction zones to deliver a safe and timely re-opening.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Glacier National Park tomorrow from noon to midnight. Heavy rain, lightning, hail, and winds up to 60 miles per hour may occur. Rainfall up to 2 inches per hour is forecasted. Visitors are reminded to drive cautiously and stay alert for signs of slides when driving the Sun Road.

For any changes to road status, please check with the Park's website. To keep up-to-date on all the latest weather developments you can visit our Glacier Park weather page.

Hikes in Glacier National Park

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