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(PHOTOS) Yellowstone releases new videos, photos of ongoing road repairs after flooding

Damage from flooding is still visible along the Northeast Entrance Road. This is the repair progress as of Sept. 1, 2022. (NPS/Jacob W. Frank)

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. — On Thursday, Yellowstone National Park released new videos and photos of the ongoing road repairs on the North and Northeast entrance roads following damage caused by the historic flood event in June.

Reconnecting the park to the communities of Gardiner, Montana (North Entrance), and Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana (Northeast Entrance), remains Yellowstone’s highest flood recovery priority, a news release stated.

“Efforts to reconnect to these communities are on schedule and exceeding expectations,” Superintendent Cam Sholly said in the release.

“We will continue to update the public on progress as we move into fall but fully expect that regular vehicle access will be restored by mid-October with additional work occurring afterwards as long as weather permits.”

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Damage from flooding is still visible along the Northeast Entrance Road. This is the repair progress as of Sept. 1, 2022. (NPS/Jacob W. Frank)

While permanent reconstruction of both the North and Northeast entrance road corridors will be multi-year efforts, the park has been working on substantial temporary solutions to reconnect these areas before the upcoming winter season: 

  • North Entrance Road (Mammoth Hot Springs to the North Entrance in Gardiner, Montana): Efforts to two-lane the temporary road (Old Gardiner Road) that connects Mammoth Hot Springs to the North Entrance in Gardiner, Montana, are expected to be passable for regular traffic by Oct. 15, with additional improvements continuing beyond that date, weather permitting. This temporary road will allow for regular vehicle access to travel between Mammoth Hot Springs and Gardiner going into the winter season.
  • Northeast Entrance Road (Tower Junction to the Northeast Entrance in Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana): Efforts to repair approximately five damaged sections of the Northeast Entrance Road are underway and expected to be passable for regular traffic by Oct. 15, with additional improvements continuing beyond that date, weather permitting. These temporary repairs will allow for regular vehicle access to travel between Tower Junction and Cooke City/Silver Gate.
  • Learn more about the temporary and long-term reconstruction timelines for these entrances in the Aug. 3 flood recovery update.

Yellowstone will continue to communicate with the public and stakeholders should timelines change going into the fall due to early winter weather or other unforeseen events.  

Old Gardiner Road Improvements

Old Gardiner Road improvements, Sept. 1, 2022. (NPS/Jacob W. Frank)
Old Gardiner Road improvements, Sept. 1, 2022. (NPS/Jacob W. Frank)

Northeast Entrance Road

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Northeast Entrance Road repair progress, Sept. 1, 2022: section 4. (NPS/Jacob W. Frank)
Northeast Entrance Road repair progress, Sept. 1, 2022: section 3. (NPS/Jacob W. Frank)
Northeast Entrance Road repair progress, Sept. 1, 2022. (NPS/Jacob W. Frank)


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