When the starting gun sounds this weekend for the 30th annual Buzzard Day Run at Makoshika State Park, participants will travel the fresh pavement of the park’s newly-completed road renovation.
The project was completed on Monday, June 3, and the road and all backcountry areas of the park were opened.
The $1.85 million project included improving the road base, resurfacing the road, and repairing culverts and other drainage features. Makoshika’s famous geology makes roads in the park more prone to drainage problems, upheaving, rutting, and other structural decline. To help combat such issues, the renovation project utilized recycled pavement, deeper dig-outs, and concrete additives to strengthen the road and provide more stability in the moving soils of the park’s badland topography.
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While the road renovation is now complete, work on re-vegetation and erosion controls will begin on June 10. This final phase of the project will not affect public access to the park.
For more information about Makoshika State Park, phone 406-377-6256 or visit: http://stateparks.mt.gov/makoshika/.