TR Park Visitors Center Closing - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

TR Park Visitors Center Closing

Posted: Updated:

The Badlands' charm stems from the heavily eroded, active geology.

But sometimes that topography causes trouble for road maintenance --- and even buildings.

That's the case for the Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North Unit Visitors Center that was closed indefinitely this week. (July 17)

The 110 square miles of the park is covered with a layer of Bentonite Clay.

When that clay layer gets wet, it swells and slides down the hillside.

The ground is sliding behind the building - pushing park officials to move out --- and this was not the first time.

The building was built in 1991.

The cracks in the walls and the buckling of the foundation were repaired once in 2002, but the above-average rain totals the past several years started the shifting process again in 2011.

(Eileen Andes, Chief of Interpretation & Public Affairs) "There's no immediate danger. But we are concerned about visitors safety, employee safety and it's not cost effective to repair the building again even if it could be repaired."

The temporary visitors center in Juniper Campground is fully-functioning and ready for visitors.

  • Minot/Williston NewsMore>>

  • Preparation Complete for DaySun's Day

    Preparation Complete for DaySun's Day

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:34:36 GMT
    Giving back to the community has reached new numbers in the 11th Annual DaySun's Day of Giving.
    Giving back to the community has reached new numbers in the 11th Annual DaySun's Day of Giving.
  • Mega-Sized Ice Bucket Challenge

    Mega-Sized Ice Bucket Challenge

    Friday, August 22 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-08-22 18:16:37 GMT
    Roger Watson took the ice bucket challenge to a new level this week - the superintendent for the New Town bypass project used a concrete mixer filled with chilly water for his video.
    Roger Watson took the ice bucket challenge to a new level this week - the superintendent for the New Town bypass project used a concrete mixer filled with chilly water for his video.
  • Changes at VisitMinot Follow Investigation

    Changes at VisitMinot Follow Investigation

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:18 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:18:47 GMT
    The former head of Visit Minot resigned from her job this summer just as an investigation requested by the group's board of directors was being delivered, claimed she had mishandled funds.
    The former head of Visit Minot resigned from her job this summer just as an investigation requested by the group's board of directors was being delivered, claimed she had mishandled funds.
Quick Clicks
Closings/Delays
View list
Calendar
What's happening?
Lottery Results
Feeling lucky?
Viewer Photos
Submit yours!
Road Report
Current conditions
TV Listings
See what's on
Gas Prices
Check near you
E-Mail Newsletter
Signup now

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.