Hyalite Road, Bridge & Pavilion Construction to Begin,
Expect Short Delays
Bozeman, MT – The Bozeman Ranger District, Custer Gallatin National Forests will be starting road construction on the Hyalite Road (Forest Road #62) starting Monday, June 23, 2014. Construction is expected to be complete by Fall 2014. Recreationists should expect short delays while traveling the Hyalite Corridor and watch for construction equipment and crews.
- Construction will involve replacing two bridges; one near Chisholm campground and a second bridge near Palisades Trailhead. The new bridges will provide a maintenance upgrade, improve capacity and will be placed just upstream of the previous bridges. Road and dirt work will also be completed to realign the roadway to the new bridges and reposition the intersection of the Hyalite Road (Forest Road #62) and the South Fork Hyalite Road (Forest Road #6290) to improve safety and allow for a new winter recreation parking lot.
- Improvements to the Palisades Trailhead will include an enlarged paved parking area with improved traffic flow and trailer parking, along with paved winter recreation parking lots for Blackmore, Lick Creek and Moser Creek.
“As the Gallatin Valley continues to grow; visitor use in Hyalite Canyon, a popular destination point for day hiking, fishing, biking and longer trips, expands as well,” said Wendi Urie, Recreation Program Manager, Bozeman Ranger District. “The existing bridges have reached their useful life span and are narrow making them difficult to plow for winter recreation use.” Overall these improvements will allow for safer travel on Hyalite Road and increased parking for recreational users.
- The Hyalite Pavilion will also receive finishing touches with a new bridge across Blackmore Creek, handicap accessible features throughout and the completion of neighboring trails connecting to improved day-use picnic sites for the summer season. The work on the Pavilion and trails will begin after the July 4 weekend.
Full access to Hyalite trails and the reservoir will be available throughout the construction phases, but recreationists should anticipate delays as construction progresses. To check on construction updates call the Bozeman Ranger District at: 406-522-2520 or visit the Gallatin National Forest website under Alerts and Notices.
Hyalite is one of the most popular recreation destinations on National Forest System lands in Montana and provides unparalleled access to the Gallatin Crest, hiking, biking, running, photographing, fishing, ATV and motorcycle use to approximately 50,000 people a month. To learn more, and get your free Motor Vehicle Use Map visit the Bozeman Ranger District or download maps online under maps and publications.