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Scenic Beartooth Highway on track to open Memorial Day weekend

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With snow levels as high as 26 feet, clearing Beartooth highway isn't an easy task.

It takes a team effort every year to plow the snow from the bottom to the top of the scenic Beartooth highway.

The Montana Department of Transportation started clearing the path five weeks ago.

Beartooth pass is currently closed but is expected to open Memorial Day weekend. 

Adam Rau is an MDT equipment operator.

He has been up the mountain in the past two weeks and urges people to obey the road closed sign.

"We had a lot of people try to walk up from the gate and stuff. there's a lot of equipment, especially down below where
the hills are steeper," said Rau. "We're rolling stuff off, so we don't want people getting below us where we might throw something over the hill at them."

Working 8 hours a day, Rau says there's a lot of work to be done.

"Mostly it's just trying to get a hole punch through it and then once they cut the drift down with the snow cap, we combine the blowers and kind of clean it up," adds Rau." 

Rau says the job can be long at times, but the view is worthwhile. 

"Just being up here is awesome," said Rau. "I get to come up to the mountains and play in the snow. That's the way I look at it."

MDT is responsible for the highway to the Montana and Wyoming border, while the National Park Service covers maintenance through Wyoming.

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