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WEST GLACIER - The Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is expected to open to Big Bend by noon on Saturday.

Officials note that this access into the alpine section will only be available from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Outside these hours, west side vehicle travel will terminate at Avalanche.

When open to Big Bend, visitors will be able to travel almost 29 miles from the park's west entrance along the Sun Road. On the east side, visitors can travel approximately 13 miles from St. Mary to Jackson Glacier Overlook.

Overnight, vehicles can travel about 16 miles from West Glacier to Avalanche. Motorcyclists and bicyclists are cautioned that there is an almost three-mile stretch of unpaved road near the Loop with loose gravel.

Park road crews, assisted by park trail crews, will be working throughout the weekend to prepare for the safe opening of the entire road. Therefore, there will be no hiker/biker access beyond Big Bend for several days.

On the east side, there will be a hiker/biker closure at No Stump Point, just beyond Siyeh Bend.

For current road condition information: http://www.nps.gov/applications/glac/roadstatus/roadstatus.cfm.

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