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An excavator takes huge bites from the snowpack covering Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park in May 2015.

KALISPELL — The annual chore of digging out Glacier National Park roads from the winter snowpack has started.

Plowing has started on the east side of the park and will start on the west side the first week in April.

The Daily Inter Lake reports (http://bit.ly/2oeKXCX ) that crews have cleared the Many Glacier Road to the Many Glacier Hotel, though it is not open to vehicles. The road was plowed a bit earlier than usual to allow contractors to get to the hotel, which is undergoing a $13 million renovation.

The bulk of the construction work is slated to be done by June to accommodate guests at the hotel.

Normally plows don't hit the Many Glacier Road until mid-April.

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Information from: Daily Inter Lake, http://www.dailyinterlake.com

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