Yellowstone road construction revs to meet October deadline

The Old Gardiner Road is being improved between Gardiner and Mammoth, the North Entrance to Yellowstone, to enable public access. The new route is needed after the old road was washed out in June flooding.

Brett French

Amid the gaggle of tourists pulling over to photograph bears, bison and bugling bull elk there is a different hum in the cool air of northern Yellowstone National Park this fall.

Two construction companies are working feverishly to temporarily repair sections of roadway following damage caused by June flooding. Consequently, there was a continual circuit of semi tractor-trailer trucks loaded with dirt and rock cruising from washed-out stretches of roadway along Soda Butte Creek and in Lamar Canyon earlier this month.

The trucks make roundtrips from the closed stretch of highway to a gravel pit in the park known as the Frog Pond, located between Tower Junction and Mammoth Hot Springs. Oftedal Construction – based in Casper, Wyoming, and Miles City – is performing the work.

At the same time, HK Contractors of Idaho Falls is rebuilding the winding Old Gardiner Road, previously a two-track dirt road, between Mammoth and Gardiner at the North Entrance. Access via this road is being

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