Expect delays and closures near within the park this summer.
Flathead Beacon has written a detailed article regarding the soon to be expected delays and road closures. Click here to view.
Road Closures or Delays That May Affect Your Trip
Construction is expected to continue May 15, 2023. The Lake McDonald Utilities Project will be replacing seven miles of sewer force main, electrical and telephone lines. This will be from Apgar to the Lake McDonald Lodge along Going-to-the-Sun Road. The lift station at the lodge will also be replaced to reduce
the threat of sewage overflow.
You can expect 9.3 miles of Going-to-the-Sun Road to be milled and repaved starting May through fall 2023.
According to the parks website, visitors are encouraged to use the St. Mary Entrance to access Going-to-the-Sun Road to avoid road delays.
Upper McDonald Creek Bridge
Starting in early April, bridge replacement will begin on upper McDonald Creek. This bridge provides access to the NW shore of Lake McDonald. This construction is expected to go through the entire 2023 summer season and conclude in late 2024.
During the construction to North Lake McDonald Road, there will be a full closure at the intersection with the Going-to-the-Sun
Road. This means no public access at this intersection.
A unique vault toilet with a living roof will be completed this summer. A two-hole vault toilet seat will be set back into the hill on the north side of the road.
All pedestrian and vehicle traffic will be closed off of the construction zone on the north side of Big Bend.
Big Bend is located near the Weeping Wall on Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Two comfort stations will have a new roof this summer. During this process, both stations will be closed. No dates are posted yet, but the dates will be posted here once they are determined.
U.S. Highway 2 & U.S. Highway 89
Expect delays on the Marias Pass area of U.S. Highway 2 as well as the section of U.S. Highway 89 east and south of St. Mary, MT.
You can find more information regarding these projects on Montana Department of Transportation's website.
Here is the Timeframe of Road Work & Project Construction
This photo is taken from the parks website. For further information, please click here.
Even with these delays, there are so many places within or near Glacier National Park that you can explore while avoiding traffic jams and construction.
Stay tuned for a future posting!