The culprit: a large crane over and near the river, resulting in unsafe conditions for public access. That means the section of the Gibbon River from one-half mile above Gibbon Falls to one mile south of Gibbon Falls is closed to all anglers and hikers.
Signs are posted along the riverbank showing the closure area. Motorists are allowed to stop and park only at un-barricaded pullouts outside the area where traffic control personnel are guiding traffic through the construction zone.
The road project enters a new phase August 17, when the road will be completely closed to all traffic between Artist Paint Pots and the Tuff Cliff Picnic Area. During this full closure, anglers will be allowed to access the Gibbon River between Artist Paint Pots to the bridge north of the Monument Geyser Basin trailhead and from one mile south of Gibbon Falls to the Tuff Cliff Picnic area as long as they don’t walk on, along, or near the road.