WEST GLACIER, MONT. - Glacier National Park officials report today that due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts with a subcontractor, the chip sealing of a 10.8 mile section of the Going-to-the-Sun (Sun) Road, from the Logan Pass Visitor Center to Rising Sun, will now occur, weather permitting, August 16-19. The prime contractor for this project remains Hardrives Construction, Inc. from Billings, Mont. This road work is necessary to maintain the existing road surface through this section's formal rehabilitation which will take place between 2008 and 2012.
During this weekday road work, which will occur from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., only one lane will be available for travel. Pilot cars will be used to control traffic, and delays will not exceed 15 minutes. Therefore, during this four-day period, total traffic delays for a one-way trip across the Sun Road will be 45 minutes or less.
Center-line striping will take half an additional day to complete, but has not yet been scheduled.
Chip sealing involves placing gravel over heated oil. According to park managers, the chip sealing process can only be performed when the road surface is dry and its temperature is above 65 degrees. These conditions are only reached during summer,