Yellowstone reduces access at NE Entrance for flood-damaged road repairs

Billings Gazette

With construction underway on Yellowstone National Park’s Northeast Entrance Road near Cooke City/Silver Gate, access for bikers, anglers and hikers on the route is being restricted.

Major construction repairs by Oftedal Construction Inc. to road sections damaged in massive mid-June flooding were to begin on Tuesday, Aug. 2. 

Beginning on July 13, 6 miles of the road had been open to bicyclists and pedestrian traffic as far as Barronette Meadow. Now the road is being closed near the Warm Creek Trailhead and picnic area, allowing walkers, anglers and cyclists access up to only 2 miles inside the park.

This will allow staging of equipment and materials needed to make temporary repairs, which are expected to be completed by Oct. 15, facilitating traffic between Cooke City/Silver Gate and on to Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming. Permanent repair of the roadway may take three to five years.

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Previously, park visitors could travel 6 miles into Yellowstone through the Northeast Entrance. To promote safe access within the active construction zone, the park is moving the barrier closer to the entrance to reduce potential conflicts between construction equipment and those on foot

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