Yellowstone Seeks Public Input on Lamar River Bridge Project
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park Seeks Public Input On Lamar River Bridge Project
Yellowstone National Park is planning to repair or replace a bridge on the park’s Northeast Entrance road.
The Lamar River Bridge is located about five miles east of Tower Junction. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the park will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) which will look at options for repair, rehabilitation, or replacement for the bridge, which was built in 1939.
While a recent Federal Highway Administration report lists the bridge in fair to poor structural condition, there are no safety issues that should be of concern to travelers.
Oversize and overweight vehicles are strictly prohibited from traveling across the bridge. The National Park Service has denied travel over the bridge by construction or logging trucks involved in work in and around Cooke City, Silver Gate, and the Beartooth Highway.
The first step in the planning process is to solicit public input during what is known as the scoping period. This is the time when any interested individual, organization or agency can provide thoughtful, relevant information or suggestions for consideration by park managers before alternatives are developed and analyzed and an EA is prepared and made available for public review and comment.
A brochure with information on some of alternatives which might be considered in the EA, and an electronic form to submit comments on the internet can be found at the National Park Service’s Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov. The brochure is also available by writing the Lamar River Bridge Project, Compliance Office, 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 by phone, fax, or e-mail. All public comments must be received or postmarked by midnight, August 28, 2008.
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