Yellowstone National Park News Release
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — On Thursday, June 11, park visitors will be able to travel between West Thumb Junction and Old Faithful when the last stretch of park road over Craig Pass opens for the season.
Construction crews removed a bridge that had been in service over Isa Lake on Craig Pass for nearly 75 years, replacing it with a new bridge and widening the road to handle the current volume of traffic.
“Crews have placed beams and paved the surface and approaches,” said Mike Angermeier, Yellowstone landscape architect. “We are on target to open the road on Thursday, with minor traffic delays up to 30 minutes.”
Crews will be working on the bridge railing, adding signs, topsoil and seed-mulching as well as completing the pedestrian areas. The project also entails reconstructing two pullouts and adding an additional pullout to the northwest of the bridge. Expected completion of the project is Sept. 10.
Elsewhere in the park
Improvement projects continue on a 5.4 mile stretch of road between the Norris Campground and Mammoth Hot Springs, as well as the bridge over the Gardner River. Visitors should expect up to 30-minute delays and possible muddy conditions as crews work to complete that project by Oct. 1. For up-to-date road construction information, go to http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm.
Visitors will also see construction activity around Gardiner as crews enhance access to Yellowstone National Park through the North Entrance. The project includes improving U.S. Highway 89, revamping parking, traffic flow, signage and lighting, providing accessible walkways, building a welcome center with public restrooms along with a new North Entrance station and an Arch Park amphitheater.
Throughout the project, visitors will still be able to access the historic Roosevelt Arch for photos. For more detailed information, go to gardinergatewayproject.org.