Park road work will begin in July (slideshow)
By Jason Stuart
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
Everything is set for a major renovation of the Makoshika State Park road this summer.
Montana State Parks Administrator Chas Van Genderen confirmed Monday that the project to renovate the “switchbacks” portion of the road would be “moving forward.”
The fate of the project was in some doubt after state parks administrators received bids for repairing the road in late March that far exceeded the estimated cost. The engineering estimate to repair the road was $880,000, but the two contractor bids parks officials received both came in at $1.6 million.
Parks officials were able to work to secure enough funding for the project, however.
“Everything’s a go,” said assistant administrator Tom Reilly.
The project will be undertaken in two phases.
The first phase of the project work will be done by the military. The Montana National Guard’s 260th Engineer Company out of Miles City and staff from the Air National Guard’s Red Horse Squadron out of Malmstrom AFB are the units involved.
Military personnel will begin work in late July and will work until approximately mid-August. The military will be involved in doing earthwork, slope flattening and excavating. Their portion of the project is expected to last six weeks.
Military personnel will be staying at the Lion’s Camp for the duration of their work, which Reilly thanked Glendive Lion’s Club members for making possible.
After the military is finished with their work, the private contractor will be coming in the weekend after Labor Day to complete the project.
He said getting the road repaired is an important first step in that direction.
“I believe it can help the local tourism economy and give folks a better place to go,” Van Genderen said. “It’s important or the park and the local community.”
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