Units from the Montana Army and Air National Guard will be partnering with Montana State Parks to repair the main switchback road at Makoshika State Park in Glendive starting on July 14.
Heavy rainfall in 2011 created soil sloughing damaging the existing road at the switchback. A temporary road was put in place in 2012. The switchback is the main way to access the badlands features of this state park.
For safety reasons, the switchback road will be closed to all traffic during the day. The road is expected to be open to motorized traffic on evenings and weekends during construction. The public can access the park on foot only, during the day, using the Switchback Trail.
This Innovative Readiness Training project involves two Montana National Guard units that includes 88 Montana Army National Guard soldiers from the 260th Engineer Company based out of Miles City and 15 airmen from the Montana Air National Guard 219th Redhorse Squadron based in Great Falls. Road completion is estimated to take 10 weeks.
This partnership between Montana State Parks and the Montana National Guard provides military readiness training for the soldiers and airmen and helps make the project affordable. The total cost for equipment, materials and the private contractor to pave the road is estimated at $1.6 million.