Recreationists should expect short delays while traveling the Hyalite Lake road south of Bozeman this summer as the Forest Service has begun road construction that won't be completed until this fall.
The work includes replacing two bridges, one near Chisholm campground and a second near Palisades Trailhead. Road and dirt work will also reposition the intersection of the Hyalite Road and the South Fork Hyalite Road 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 better traffic flow and trailer parking, along with paved winter recreation parking lots for Blackmore, Lick Creek and Moser Creek.
The Hyalite Pavilion will also receive finishing touches with a new bridge across Blackmore Creek, handicapped-accessible features throughout and the completion of neighboring trails connecting to improved day-use picnic sites for the summer. The work on the pavilion and trails will begin after the July 4 weekend.
For construction updates call the Bozeman Ranger District at: 406-522-2520 or visit the Gallatin National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/gallatin under Alerts and Notices.