02/14/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2020 15:45
Contact:Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015
MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY - The National Park Service seeks public comment on a proposal to replace the Yellowstone River Bridge in Yellowstone National Park. The bridge is located on the Northeast Entrance Road near Tower Junction.
This project will maintain safe visitor access from the park's Northeast Entrance since the bridge is part of the only road corridor in the park that is open year-round and plowed in the winter. Built in the early 1960s, the concrete deck, sidewalks, and parapets have deteriorated.
The Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzes impacts to geothermal resources, visitor experience, vegetation, and wetlands in the project area. The EA evaluates three alternatives.
Construction would begin in the summer or fall of 2022 and will continue through 2024, depending on funding availability.
If the proposed project is implemented, construction delays would vary by alternative. This could range from no delays to up to 30 minutes with occasional two to four-hour delays. There may be temporary closures, including regular nighttime closures, depending on the alternative. The public would be notified of closures in advance if they occur.
Comments must be received by March 15, 2020. Comments may be submitted online at: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/yrb, by hand-delivery, or by mail. Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or by any other means.
Hand-deliver comments during business hours to: Albright Visitor Center, Attention: Yellowstone River Bridge Replacement, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.
Mail comments to: Compliance Office, Attention: Yellowstone River Bridge Replacement, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.
Public Comment Considerations
The park is also completing compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for this project and is consulting with the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office on the proposed design.
Editor's note: Find photos of the bridge on Flickr.