Date: September 17, 2015
Contact: Michelle Fidler , 406 888-5838
Contact: Katie Liming , 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MT. – Going-to-the-Sun Road construction is ongoing and will continue this fall on the east side of Glacier National Park. Crews will begin roadwork between St. Mary Visitor Center and Divide Creek Bridge (at the park boundary) on Monday, September 21. Traffic control will be in place to manage one lane of travel in this area. Visitors should anticipate minor delays, approximately 10 minutes or less. The St. Mary Visitor Center will remain open through October 4 daily.
Roadwork on the Going-to-the-Sun Road between Siyeh Bend and St. Mary Campground remains ongoing. Visitors should plan for up to 30 minute weekday traffic delays in this area.
Beginning Monday, October 5, Going-to-the-Sun Road will be closed to vehicular traffic between Logan Pass and the St. Mary Campground entrance for the remainder of the season to facilitate accelerated road rehabilitation. A detour will be available for visitors to continue to access the St. Mary Campground via the Upper Divide Bridge, located just south of St. Mary.
The St. Mary Campground is currently closed due to bear frequenting in the area. It is unknown at this time when the campground will reopen. Current information the status of campgrounds in the park is available at http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/cgstatus/cgstatus.cfm.
Hikers and bikers will continue to have access to the east side of Going-to-the-Sun Road through the closure when the contractor is not working on weekends and evenings, weather permitting. Due to ongoing road rehabilitation, portions of the roadbed may not be paved. Bicyclists should use caution riding on gravel portions of the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Some trails remain closed on the east side of Going-to-the-Sun Road for visitor safety in the area of the recent Reynolds Creek Fire. For current information on status of trails, please visit http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/trailstatusreports.htm.
As of October 5, Logan Pass will only be accessible by vehicle from the west side of the park through the third weekend in October, weather permitting. Visitors can call 406-888-7800 (press 2) or visit http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm for current road status information.
Visitors should also expect minor delays of ten minutes or less due to one-way bridge traffic on the Many Glacier Road during rehabilitation work on the Windy and Apikuni bridges. This project is anticipated to continue through October 16.
For additional park information, please visit the park’s website, http://www.nps.gov/glac or call park headquarters at (406) 888-7800.
Additional information about the Going-to-the-Sun Road rehabilitation project is available at http://www.wfl.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/mt/gtsr/.