Montana Department Of Transportation
Summer is the deadliest season on Montana highways. More fatal motor vehicle crashes occur in the warm, busy travel season than on snowpacked and icy winter roads.
Construction work is ongoing to address dangerous curves along Lipp Road, north of Laurel.
As they have for the past three summers, work crews will again undertake major utility replacement projects in Billings.
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The Beartooth Pass has reopened on the Montana side, according to the Montana Department of Transportation.
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Cars, motorcycles and snowboarders checked out the Beartooth Highway as it opened to travel on Friday morning.
The rocks that are intentionally crashing down the Rims from six troublesome spots above Zimmerman Trail are tumbling ahead of schedule.
A cyclist coasts down the Beartooth Pass after riding uphill to where crews were replacing guardrails.
The Kodiak snow blower can consume about 100 gallons of fuel a day.
The Kodiak snow blower is capable of 644 horsepower and can move 5,000 tons of snow per hour at an elevation of 10,000.
The PistenBully 300 snowcat is essential to the road-clearing operations as it makes it easier for the other equipment like the snow blowers to operate.
The ribbon and fans of the Kodiak snow blower move at a speed of 800 RPMs.
After a snowcat pushes snow down, two snow blowers mounted on the front of a front-end loader and grader blow the snow off the highway.
Stewart West, at right, talks to Randy Roth about watching the mountainside for avalanches on Monday.
MDOT special projects manager Anna O'Brien snaps a photo atop the Beartooth Pass on Monday. She posts the photos to the department's website and Facebook page. Videos made by the snowplow crew are posted on YouTube.
MDOT bought a new German-made snowcat to help clear its high-mountain routes on the Beartooth and Marias passes.
Montana Department of Transportation workers replace guardrail along the Beartooth Highway on Monday. Avalanches during the winter wiped out two sections of the railing.
The avalanche snapped off guardrail posts.
The remains of the avalanche can be seen below the road.