Updates on Several Popular Montana Scenic Highway Closures
As beautiful fall weather continues to bless most of Montana, perhaps the road trip urge still beckons.
It is always a good idea to double-check highway conditions to see if anything might be throwing up a road block in front of your travel plans. We have some current examples, one of which is very temporary, another hopefully brief and yet another for the season. So, from shortest to longest projected closures:
The Montana Department of Transportation has announced that Montana Highway 1 through Flint Creek Pass is closed through this Friday, October 14. While the closure only stretches for about one mile, from one mile north of Georgetown Lake and extending one north on HIghway 1, it is a full closure with no feasible detour routes, which means some motorists will have to take the long way, with more time on Interstate 90 from either direction.
MDT and a contracted company are working to remove large and potentially hazardous rocks from the area.
The National Park Service is reporting a postponement of the opening of the renovated road at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Because of the severe flooding this summer, repairs to the stunning damage done it taking longer than expected. Due to traffic safety concerns, more time is needed to ensure that over 5,000 feet of new guardrail are properly installed.
The original opening date was set for this Saturday, October 15. The projected opening date has been moved back to Tuesday, November 1.
Finally, MDT has announced that as of this morning (Tuesday), US Highway 212's Beartooth Pass has closed for the season, with inclement weather in the forecast. Which, 10,947 feet, tends to stick around for awhile. This is the spectacular road that winds into the Northeast entrance of Yellowstone Park.
Unlike the other two closures we posted here, you'll have to wait a bit longer for Beartooth Pass to reopen. Weather permitting, officials hope to see you Friday, May 26, 2023, the start of Memorial Day Weekend!
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