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Home National & State Parks Yellowstone Yellowstone’s North Entrance Traffic Plan Approved

Yellowstone’s North Entrance Traffic Plan Approved

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A new plan designed to relieve traffic congestion and improve safety at Yellowstone National Park's historic North Entrance has been approved.

A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) allowing construction to begin on the Gardiner, Montana, North Entrance and associated Park Street infrastructure was signed by the National Park Service Intermountain Region Director Oct. 13, 2011.

roosevelt_archIt's expected construction will take until late fall 2012 to complete.

An Environmental Assessment (EA) proposing three alternatives was released for public review and comment in July 2011.

The new entrance plan will include several features.

A new entrance station complex will be built to better facilitate entry into the park, allowing visitors the option of entering Yellowstone through the historic Roosevelt Arch or traveling over a new access road to bypass congestion.

Expanded parking areas, crosswalks and walkways will be installed, protecting pedestrians, improving traffic circulation, and allowing better access to businesses along Park Street.

Also, the administrative road in front of the Gardiner Transportation Center will be moved to separate traffic from delivery vehicles and employee parking.

Improvements will be completed in phases during the early spring and late fall periods as funding becomes available to reduce the impact on day to day operations around the entrance.

For more information, visit the Web site at
www.nps.gov/yell .

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