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Glacier National Park road work

A proposed congressional bill would put about $700 million a year toward National Park Service maintenance, which faces an $11.6 billion backlog. About half that amount comes from uncompleted road repairs.

Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road will gradually reduce access as road construction increases and winter approaches.

The east side of the 50-mile mountain highway will have work crews starting Monday between the St. Mary Visitor Center and Divide Creek Bridge that will limit traffic to one lane with 10-minute delays. Workers are also active between Siyeh Bend and the St. Mary Campground, resulting in occasional 30-minute weekday delays. The visitor center remains open to the public until Oct. 4.

Starting Oct. 5, the whole east side of Going-to-the-Sun Road will be closed from Logan Pass to the St. Mary Campground for road rehabilitation. Campers will be able to use the campground from the park’s east entrance. However, St. Mary Campground is currently closed because of bear feeding activity nearby. Current information the status of campgrounds in the park is available at

Hikers and bikers can travel the east side of the road during weekends and evenings, weather permitting. However, because of construction activity, some portions of the road may be reduced to gravel surface.

Some trails in the Reynolds Creek area west of St. Mary Lake remain closed because of hazard trees and other safety problems stemming from August’s Reynolds Creek fire. For current information on status of trails, visit

The west side of Going-to-the-Sun Road should remain open to motorized traffic through the third week of October, weather permitting. Bicyclists can also ride the section between West Glacier and Logan Pass daily at any time, now that summer midday restrictions have been lifted.

Visitors should also expect delays of 10 minutes or less because of work on the Windy and Apikuni bridges leading to Many Glacier. That project should continue through Oct. 16.

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Natural Resources & Environment Reporter

Natural Resources Reporter for The Missoulian.