While construction delays may slow travel time, completion of these projects will ensure the long term health of the Beartooth Highway keeping it open and safe for the thousands of visitors who enjoy it each year. Your patience is appreciated, and we think you’ll find the Beartooth Highway construction site the most beautiful you’ve ever stopped at!
2013 Construction Information
As the Long Lake Bridge reconstruction project nears completion work will focus on final laying of asphalt, completion of masonry work on bridge retaining walls, and installation of guard rails on both the bridge and along the reconstructed section of the highway.
Delays of a MAXIMUM 30 minutes can be expected at the construction site this week.
Traffic lights remain in place at each end of the construction site to allow for single lane travel. Pilot cars are also being utilized to assist with traffic flow.
Message boards are in place in Red Lodge, MT and at the intersection of the Beartooth Highway and the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway to provide current construction information.
The official closure date for the Beartooth Highway is October 15, 2013 at 8:00 am depending of weather and snow conditions. During the next three weeks of the 2013 travel season weather will continue to play an important role in Beartooth Highway road conditions. Storms moving through the area can cause temporary road closures, especially at high elevations and at Beartooth Pass. Updated road condition information will continue to be posted as quickly as possible to the beartoothhighway.com website. Travelers are advised to check the website and with area chambers of commerce in Red Lodge and Cooke City, Montana and Cody, Wyoming for updated road information.
East to west travel – Red Lodge to Cooke City, MT
31.5 miles to construction site from Red Lodge
West to East travel – Cooke City to Red Lodge, MT
26 miles to construction site from Cooke City
Intersection US 212 – WY 296 Chief Joseph Scenic Byway
12 miles to construction site from intersection US 212 & WY 296
The project is expected to require one season to complete. Construction updates distributed on Friday mornings throughout the travel season and posted to this website.The Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Forest Service, and National Park Service would like to thank you for your patience as we improve the Beartooth Highway!
Heavy Equipment on the Highway
Visitors to the Cooke City area may encounter heavy equipment on the Beartooth Highway as the Montana Department of Environmental Quality t a five-year, $24 million reclamation project for the McLaren Mine Mill just east of Yellowstone National Park. More information about the reclamation project can be found on-line at the Montana DEQ web site.