Yellowstone National Park Gets Public Support

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March 28, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Communities around Yellowstone National Park step up to assure Yellowstone National Park, site of Old Faithful, opens on schedule despite federal funding cuts.

An outpouring of community support from gateway towns is helping Yellowstone National Park open for the spring on schedule, as opposed to several weeks later as officials thought they'd have to do under budget cuts, National Parks Traveler reported.

Park road crews are out working to clear nearly 200 miles of primary road, almost 125 miles of secondary roads, and 125 acres of parking lots in order to open Yellowstone to wheeled vehicle travel this spring.

The roads from West Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful are scheduled to open to automobile travel at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 26, weather permitting. The road from Norris Junction east to Canyon Village and then south to Fishing Bridge Junction is now set to open to travel on Friday, May 3.

Fundraising by the communities of Cody and Jackson, Wyo., will allow crews and equipment from the Wyoming Department of Transportation to start road clearing from the park’s East and South Entrances toward the park’s interior in early April.

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