Beartooth Pass opens as planned Friday morning

2014-05-23T17:08:00Z 2014-10-15T06:55:06Z Beartooth Pass opens as planned Friday morningGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
May 23, 2014 5:08 pm  • 

Cars, motorcycles and snowboarders checked out the Beartooth Highway as it opened to travel on Friday morning. 

The popular and scenic road links Red Lodge to Yellowstone National Park’s northeast entrance near Cooke City.

Montana Department of Transportation workers replaced guardrail earlier this week that was taken out by two avalanches over the winter. 

The biggest slide that carried trees, rocks and snow across two sections of the highway just south of Red Lodge.

“We lost a lot of guardrail in the winter” — about 750 feet, said Steve Reed, MDOT’s section supervisor in Red Lodge. “The tough part of that is that it’s double-sided rail, so it’s actually 1,500 feet.” 

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