Bridges across northwest Glacier blocked for repairs

Rob Chaney

Glacier National Park’s northwest corner became a hiker/biker playground this week as bridge maintenance work closed several roads to motor vehicle travel.

The Kintla Creek bridge was closed to cars on Monday so crews can replace deteriorated abutment pilings. That will block vehicle traffic at Big Prairie, north of the Polebridge park entrance gate, but hikers and bikers will be allowed to pass through the construction area. The Bowman Creek bridge will also be closed for repairs, blocking vehicle access to the Bowman Lake Valley.

Crews will also be working on the North Fork bridge at the end of Camas Road and the Lee Creek bridge on the park’s east side near Chief Mountain through the month of September. Motorists can expect brief delays at both bridges. Throughout the fall, 13 Glacier Park bridges will receive upgrades.

Vehicle entry pass requirements end on Sept. 10, so motorists will not need advance reservations to enter Glacier Park during peak daytime hours. However, construction will resume on the Going-to-the-Sun Road from the south end of Lake McDonald near Apgar Campground to Upper McDonald Creek Road through the fall, requiring delays in both directions. The road will be open for winter

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