Posted: Jun 20, 2013 3:35 PM by MTN News
WEST GLACIER - Here's some good news for folks looking to head out to Glacier National Park: officials say they expect all 50 miles of the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road to be open for business on Friday afternoon.
First, Mother Nature has to cooperate - and that's looking iffy - with weather forecasts calling for rain showers, wind gusts up to 40 mph and possible snow.
Snow was falling at the higher elevations on Thursday afternoon, and about 1" of slush was on the road.
The temperature at Oberlin Bend, just west of Logan Pass, was 30 degrees as crews continue to work on removing mud and rocks from the road.
The Logan Pass Visitor Center is expected to open Saturday, June 22, but hours of operation may be limited, according to park spokesperson Denise Germann. Restroom facilities are available at Logan Pass, and potable water will be available Friday.
Visitors are reminded that conditions are still winter-like at Logan Pass and inclement weather is expected over the weekend. Visitors are urged to use caution when walking on snow and be alert of possible collapsible snow and falling snow or rock debris.
Although the road is set to open, construction on the west side of the park will be happening between Logan Creek and Avalanche Creek through August.
Meanwhile, on the east side, construction will happen between Rising Sun and Siyeh Bend, beginning July 8, with activity occurring 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday morning.
Sun Point will also be closed to the public beginning June 30 due to construction. Visitors should expect 40-minute maximum construction delays for one-way travel across the entire road.
The visitor shuttle system traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road will operate July 1 through Labor Day. The transit centers are located near Apgar and the St. Mary Visitor Center.