Press release from Glacier National Park… this should create quite the mess!
Intermittent closures planned with construction beginning July 17
West Glacier, MT – The park will begin a significant road grading and gravel replacement project on the Bowman Lake Road beginning July 17. The work will fix potholes and drainage on roadways and in ditches, and improve the overall road surface.
The construction will occur on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week, and is expected to last through late summer.
Visitors will be able to access Bowman Lake except for the following times:
Morning road closure: 10 am – 12 pm
Afternoon road closure: 1 pm – 3 pm
The closure times were selected based on current traffic patterns to minimize impacts on day users and backcountry hikers. Typically the area fills by mid-morning, with very few vehicles exiting the lake before the end of the day.
Closure times and days of the week may be adjusted due to unforeseen repair challenges. Access restrictions may occasionally be lifted during planned closure periods while the park awaits additional gravel deliveries.
Visitors arriving at the Polebridge Entrance Station will be advised of the restrictions each day.
The project is funded through fees collected at park entrance stations, and is part of a suite of summer maintenance initiatives that the park’s road crew accomplishes after spring opening is complete on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.