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Public Meetings on Road Projects Scheduled for Bozeman and West Yellowstone

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Date: April 1, 2009
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2009    09-019    
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Public Meetings On Park Road Projects Scheduled For Bozeman And West Yellowstone
 
The first in a series of public meetings has been scheduled to give area residents information on road construction that will take place in Yellowstone National Park this summer.

The biggest project will be on a segment of the park’s Grand Loop Road between Madison and Norris through Gibbon Canyon.

Visitors can expect up to 30-minute delays from the time the road opens to travel April 17 through the summer. This section of road will also be closed to travel between 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. every night from May 26 through August 16. 

There will be no construction delays or night time closures during the Memorial Day and Independence Day holiday weekends.

Removal of an existing bridge and construction of a new span will require the road to be completely closed to all travel beginning August 17 until it reopens to snowmobile and snowcoach travel in December.  

Park staff will provide details and answer questions about this and other road projects at a series of public meetings:

Bozeman: Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m.; and Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Region 3 offices at 1400 South 19th Avenue.

West Yellowstone: Wednesday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m.; Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m.; Thursday, June 18 at 1:00 p.m.; Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m.; and Thursday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center at 30 Yellowstone Avenue.

Similar meetings are being scheduled in other communities near the park and will be announced in the coming days.

Maps and additional details on park road construction projects will be available at all visitor centers and online at http://www.nps.gov/yell.  Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is always available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.


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