- Associated Press - Friday, April 4, 2014

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) - Crews plan to begin making emergency road repairs in the north unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Officials say that several wet years have resulted in a small but substantial road failure and continued erosion of a major slope onto the roadway on the north unit’s scenic drive. Repairs will include excavating the entire width of the road above the closure gate at the Caprock Coulee parking area and rebuilding the embankment slope.

Superintendent Valerie Naylor says the scenic drive is always a challenge to maintain because of the unstable badlands soils.

The drive will be closed at the Caprock Coulee parking area while repairs are in progress. Repairs may be delayed because of weather conditions, but are expected to be completed by May 15.

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