Expect Delays and Nighttime Closures During Beartooth Construction
Written by Andrew-Rossi on June 25, 2020
Work will soon begin on the Beartooth Highway.
A project overview was released by Missouri River Contractors, the company contracted by WYDOT, Yellowstone National Park, and Shoshone National Forest to undertake
WY TIG 212 (9) – a rather intense construction project on the Beartooth Highway this summer. The project consists of:
- Constructing a new 400-foot steel girder, 2-lane bridge spanning the Beartooth Ravine
- Straightening the roadway alignment
- Retaining walls
- Laying back of slopes
- Installing drainage structures
- Replacing the existing roadway surface
The project begins at the west end of the Beartooth Highway Lake Bridge and proceeds westward for approximately ¾ of a mile.
There are a number of traffic patterns and changes to expect if you head over the highway in the coming months. Beginning July 7th, Beartooth Highway to be closed at night between mile post 22.8(Just west of Ghost Creek)and 27.4 (Just West of Beartooth Lake Campground), Mondays through Thursdays from 8pm to 7am. During this period, no traffic will be allowed through the Project site. During the day, there will be one-way traffic through the construction site, controlled by a pilot car and temporary traffic signals at each end. Motorists should expect delays up to 30-minutes, Monday through Saturday, 7am to 7pm.
The goal of the project is two-fold – improving motorist safety and their driving experience, while increasing options and safety for animals in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. For questions and concerns regarding this extensive project, you can find contact information for the project engineer and project manager:
Chris Offe, Project Engineer
Phone: (702) 241-6109
James Kerrigan, Project Manager
Phone: (720) 963-3362