New construction has begun on a section of the East Entrance road in Yellowstone National Park, located near Lake Butte at the northern edge of Yellowstone Lake known as “Nine-Mile.”
A combination of water runoff from the mountain above and an unstable earth layer underneath the road surface has caused a section of the road edge to break away over time. Throughout the construction, which is expected to be completed by the end of the season, traffic will be guided through a short, one-lane section with a portable traffic light. Temporary closures may be a possibility, but are not expected.
Motorists entering the park from points east can also chose to enter the park through the Northeast Entrance at Cooke City, Montana, via the Beartooth All-American Highway (US-212) from Red Lodge, Montana, or via the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway (US-296) from Cody, Wyoming.
Construction also continues on the road between Tower Fall and Tower-Roosevelt. No nighttime closures are in effect, yet visitors could experience delays of up to a half an hour passing through the area.
The National Park Service (NPS) will notify the public in advance if any road closures are implemented due to ongoing construction projects.
For current road conditions 24 hours a day, call (307) 344-2117.
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