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Meetings Slated for Updates on Gibbon Canyon Road Projects

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Date: September 11, 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
September 11, 2009  09-011    
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Meetings Slated For Updates on Gibbon Canyon Road Project

Two public meetings are slated for later this month to update area residents on the progress of the major road reconstruction project through Gibbon Canyon.

A section of Yellowstone’s Grand Loop Road linking Norris and Madison was closed for the season on August 17. The full closure was necessary in order to construct a new bridge span across the Gibbon River, replace the deck and surface of the bridge near Beryl Springs, and continue to remove massive amounts of rock and dirt to realign the road near Gibbon Falls. Since this requires complete removal of a section of the existing road, there can be no emergency vehicle travel, deliveries, or administrative travel during this time.

This work can only be done during the summer and fall, due to the length and severity of winter in the interior of Yellowstone National Park. 

Park staff members have been holding public meetings throughout the region since May to provide details and updates about this and other park road projects. Two more meetings are set for later this month. The first will be held in West Yellowstone on Thursday, September 17, at 1:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center at 30 Yellowstone Avenue. The other will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 21, at the Yellowstone Association Headquarters building near the Roosevelt Arch on West Park Street in Gardiner.

The section of road between Artist Paint Pots through Gibbon Canyon to the Tuff Cliff Picnic Area will remain closed to all traffic 24 hours a day through the November 2 fall closing date of most park interior roads. The road will be open for snowmobile and snowcoach travel for the December 15 scheduled start of the 2009-2010 winter season.

Construction work will resume once the road between Norris and Madison reopens to automobiles on April 16, 2010. Visitors can expect up to 30-minute delays from April on into October. After Memorial Day, visitors can also expect nightly closures from 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. The nightly closures are expected to end just prior to the Labor Day holiday weekend. There will be no all-day or multi-day closures of the road between Madison and Norris in 2010.

Despite the closure, park visitors are still be able to travel to and between all major locations in the park. However, it may take more time than normal to travel between some locations during this time.

Maps and additional details on park road construction projects are 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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