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First Major Recovery Act Project Completed

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Date: July 23, 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
July 23, 2009     09-060
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015

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Yellowstone National Park
AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone Completes First Major Recovery Act Project

Work has been completed on Yellowstone’s first major project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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Contractors removed and recycled the asphalt and repaired the surface of an 11-mile section of road between the Lewis River Bridge and the park’s South Entrance.  Total cost of the project was nearly $1.2 million.

Earlier in the year, the park completed a $37,000 Recovery Act funded project to replace a failing steam line used for heating historic structures at Park Headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs.

Yellowstone National Park is receiving $14,735,000 in Recovery Act funding for 14 separate projects. These projects are part of a $750 million investment in nearly 800 projects throughout the National Park Service, which was announced in late April by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

The list of all National Park Service projects funded by the Recovery Act is online at http://recovery.doi.gov/press/bureaus/national-park-service/.

This same section of road is part of 20 miles of highway which park road crews will chip seal beginning Monday, July 27.  The $800,000 chip seal project is funded from entrance fees collected under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.  Visitors can expect up to 30-minute delays while the chip seal project is underway.  This project should be completed by mid-August. 

- www.nps.gov/yell -

Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.