Yellowstone National Park Seeks Public Comment On Proposed Road Repairs At Canyon
Contact: Nash, (307) 344-2010
Contact: Vallie, (307) 344-2012
Yellowstone National Park is proposing to repair roads and make minor changes to parking areas, pullouts and overlooks in the developed area along the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
An environmental assessment with details on the proposed work is now available for public review and comment. Under the preferred alternative, one-way traffic on North Rim Drive would be changed to begin at the Grand Loop Road and end at Canyon Village to reduce congestion. Other work would include road and walkway repairs and the addition of a vault toilet at Artist Point. Restoration work at Artist Point will be supported by a grant of $950,000 from the Yellowstone Park Foundation. Repairs and improvements in the Canyon area would be phased in as funding permits. Work could begin in early 2007.The environmental assessment and an electronic form to submit comments on the internet can be found at the National Park Service's Planning, Environmental and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov. The environmental assessment is also available by contacting the Planning, Compliance and Landscape Architecture Office, Canyon Rim Drives Road Rehabilitation, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.
Written comments may be submitted through the PEPC website, in person,or by mail. Comments will not be accepted over the phone, by fax, ore-mail. All public comments must be received or postmarked by midnight,July 3, 2006.The National Park Service makes all comments available for public review at the conclusion of the National Environmental Policy Act process. Individuals wishing to have their name and/or address withheld from public disclosure must state their request prominently at the beginning of their comment; however,the NPS may be required to release this information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. All submissions from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses will be made available for public inspection in their entirety.
Did You Know?
Prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose.