GNP Opens Going to the Sun Road

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West Glacier - As of 8:30 Friday morning all 50 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road at Glacier National Park opened to tourists.

Cars coming from each direction line the drive along the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road as Glacier National Park Officials opened the entire stretch of roadway today.

The entire 50 miles of the road are accessible by vehicle now I've heard from lots of folks today already about the excitement the anticipation is always big for the opening of the going to the sun road," GNP Spokeswoman said.

Visitors from all across the country came to the park  to drive across the sun road and admire the region's breath-taking views.  First-time visitor Thomas Cahill traveled from Philadelphia  and waited since Sunday to drive his car across the scenic highway.

"It was just beautiful the waterfalls there were magnificent the mountains the snow looking at that was just spectacular," Cahill said.

Thomas wasn't the only person who was excited about the road opening this morning.
Glacier Raft Company Operations Manager Mike Cooney said he was thrilled to find out the great news.

"All of our businesses up here depend on that road being open it's a major draw to our local economy in our area and once the word is out that its open everybody starts getting busy,"  Conney said.  

Road crew began clearing more than 6,000 feet of snow starting on the west side of the sun road at Avalanche Creek in April and making their way to the east side.

"They did an outstanding job getting up there and working hard on it and getting it open,"  Conney said.

On the first day of summer Germann said its important for  visitors to be aware of the changing weather conditions as they travel through-out the park.

"We always ask that you use caution be prepared dress in layers and on the going to the sun road and in the alpine sections you know please use caution because its winter still up there,"  Germann said.

Rehabilitation efforts continue on the Going-to-the-Sun Road through out the summer. Park officials said visitors should expect a maximum of 40-minute construction delays for one-way travel across the entire road.

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