CASPER, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park said on Wednesday, April 7 that three major road constructions projects are planned for the park in 2021. Select roads in the park are expected to open for the season on April 16, weather permitting.
The projects will impacts access around the park until at least fall 2021.
“The road between Tower-Roosevelt and Canyon Junction will be completely closed for the 2021 season,” Yellowstone said.
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There will be no access to the Mount Washburn trails due to this project, which is in its second year and is expected to be complete by May 2022. The project aims to widen the road and create additional and improved pullouts. It also aims to “create a larger, safer parking area at Tower Fall General Store and improve the Tower Fall’s trail and overlook.”
“Yellowstone has 1,100 miles of hiking trails. In lieu of Mount Washburn, consider hiking Bunsen Peak near Mammoth Hot Springs, Purple Mountain north of Madison Junction or Avalanche Peak along the East Entrance Road,” the park said.
The Old Faithful overpass bridge will see repairs which are expected to be complete by fall 2021. That project will lead to traffic delays.
“Expect delays up to 15 minutes to accommodate one-lane travel over the overpass bridge,” Yellowstone said. “Travelers will be able to access Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin, lodges, stores, clinic and gas station.”
Yellowstone said that travelers should also expect construction around the park’s North Entrance where work to “improve infrastructure, safety for pedestrians and traffic flow for vehicles” is planned.
“It will also reduce lines at the entrance,” Yellowstone said of work near the North Entrance. The entrance will remain open but travelers should expect traffic pattern changes. The project is expected to be complete by fall 2021.
“Drive slowly through road construction and be alert to workers, heavy equipment, wildlife and other hazards,” Yellowstone said. “Visit park roads for the status of Yellowstone roads.”
“Receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone by texting “82190” to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions). In addition, call 307-344-2117 for recorded information.”
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MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – Three major road construction projects will occur in Yellowstone National Park in 2021. One project will have a complete closure between Tower-Roosevelt and Canyon Junction, while two projects will cause delays and/or traffic pattern changes (Old Faithful Overpass Bridge and North Entrance).
This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.