Bridge Replacement Proposal out for Public Comment
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Bridge Replacement Proposal Out For Public Comment
Yellowstone is asking the public to review a proposal to replace an aging bridge on the park’s Northeast Entrance Road.
The Lamar River Bridge is located about five miles east of Tower Junction. The bridge was built 68 years ago, and despite ongoing maintenance, has deteriorated. It does not meet current road design or seismic standards. While there are no safety issues that should be of concern to travelers, the National Park Service strictly prohibits oversized and overweight vehicles from traveling across the bridge.
Three alternatives have been analyzed in an environmental assessment (EA) which has been released for public review and comment. The preferred alternative calls for building a new bridge just upstream from the current structure, allowing travel over the road to continue during construction.
The EA and an electronic form to submit comments on the Internet can be found on the web at http://parkplanning.nps.gov. A hard copy of the plan is available by calling (307) 344-2017 or by writing the National Park Service, Lamar River Bridge EA, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190. Written comments may be submitted through this web site, 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, September 25, 2009.
Once comments are analyzed, the National Park Service will make a decision on a preferred alternative and the final plan. The Regional Director of the Intermountain Region of the National Park Service will then sign a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) containing details of the decision.
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