Posted: Sep 24, 2013 10:51 AM by MTN News
Officials have made the decision to close the Beartooth Highway temporarily tonight due to the incoming winter storm. After the storm passes, crews will re-evaluate the status of the road, that is popular with tourists.
The Montana Department of Transportation, the Wyoming Department of Transportation, and the National Park Service are working with law enforcement authorities to close the highway.
This high elevation section of US-212 will be temporarily closed to through travel as of 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening, September 24.
On the Wyoming side, the road will be closed at the Long Lake Gate, which is 14 miles east of the intersection with WY-296, the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway.
Officials say on the Montana side, the road will be closed at the bottom gate 13 miles south of Red Lodge.
Visitors and area residents may still travel between Red Lodge and Cooke City, Silver Gate, and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone by way of WY-296.
Updated road information for Montana is available by calling 800-226-7623 and is available online at http://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/. The latest information on road conditions in Wyoming is available by calling 888-WYO-ROAD or by visiting http://www.wyo.road.info/. Current information on roads in Yellowstone National Park is available 24-hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.