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Plows still working on Glacier's Going to the Sun Road

Glacier National Park crews work to plow the Going to the Sun Road toward Logan Pass in May 2012. (Glacier National Park)
Glacier National Park crews work to plow the Going to the Sun Road toward Logan Pass in May 2012. (Glacier National Park)

NATIONAL PARKS -- Logan Pass at the top of Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road likely will be open for vehicle traffic sometime next week, officials say.

A storm last weekend dumped another 10 inches of snow on the park high country prompting additional snow slides on the road and slowing the weeks-long operation. 

Since Memorial Day Weekend, at least 35 inches of snow has fallen on the road at higher elevations.

Crews are working on the Big Drift, a 25-30 feet drift about a fourth of a mile east of the Logan Pass Visitor Center.

In addition to all the snow removal, crews have to install hundreds of guard rails along the road.

Currently, 29 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open to vehicle travel. Visitors can drive 15.5 miles from the West Entrance to Avalanche on the west side, and 13.5 miles from the St. Mary Entrance to Jackson Glacier Overlook on the east side.

Although park officials had hoped to open just before Father's Day weekend, opening the week after would still be much better than last year's late, late July 13 opening.

Hikers and bicyclists have access to more of the road than motor vehicles as plowing continues.

Click here for Current road status and where you can hike and bike on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Click here for detailed map of locations along the road mentioned in the daily plowing updates.

Click here for 2012 plowing photos on our Flickr site.
 




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