Improvements to Old Gardiner Road as of September 1st

Improvements to Old Gardiner Road as of September 1st


Roads in Yellowstone National Park, destroyed by flooding in June, are being rebuilt in anticipation of reopening in November, officials said.

According to a press release from the park and the Federal Highway Administration, Old Gardiner Road, which experienced the worst flooding, is being widened to connect Old Mammoth Springs to Gardiner, Montana.

As of October 4, the north-eastern entrance is being repaired NPS

The photo shows the roadway under construction with red cones covering the cliff edge.

Old Gardiner Road is being paved this week, followed by the installation of a fence to allow traffic to pass safely, officials said.

The road, which was originally a stagecoach route in the 1880s, has been upgraded to a four-mile two-lane road and is scheduled to open by Nov. 1, officials said in a news release.

“We had an incredibly tight timeline for these repairs and our contractors worked at lightning speed to safely reopen the road,” said Superintendent Cam Scholey.

Flood in June caused landslides, terrible floods and damage to power lines and sewer lines, according to the National Park Service website.

Improvements to Old Gradiner Road from 1st September. Jacob W. Frank NPS

More than 10,000 people were evacuated due to flooding and flooding the entire park was forced to close, The Associated Press reports. At least 88 people were rescued by Montana State Rangers from their campsites and small towns around the park.

Yellowstone National Park is located in Wyoming and extends through Montana and Idaho. In 2021, more than 4.8 million people visited the park, making it the most popular the busiest year on record with a 28% increase.according to the website of the National Park Service.

Yellowstone National Park best known for Old Faithfulgeysers located in the park’s Upper Basin, which erupt about 20 times a day, according to the Yellowstone National Park website.