The United States Department of Transportation (DoT) sent out a press release informing us that Yellowstone National Park will receive funding to improve transportation.

A 22 million-dollar grant was awarded to the Department of the Interior's National Park Service courtesy of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The funding is part of a larger, nationwide Bipartisan Infrastructure Law "to modernize roads and improve safety for drivers and pedestrians."

Yellowstone National Park will use the funding on a short stretch, less than a mile long, of the Norris-Golden Gate roadway. The Norris-Golden Gate Road reconstruction project was conceived in 2011.

The press release explains this portion of Yellowstone is crucial to providing access to many sights on park grounds. Funding will improve the roadway's safety by mitigating rockfall dangers, fleshing out vehicle pullouts and parking spaces, and adding better foot traffic access.

Credit: NPS / Jacob W. Frank
Credit: NPS / Jacob W. Frank

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg chimed in on the importance of this nationwide effort to enhance touristy destinations. "Good transportation elements are key to experiencing the great outdoors at Yellowstone National Park... The grand for the National Park Service will make travel there more convenient for tourists, residents, workers and local businesses."

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The release references the reopening of the park after the 2022 major flood.

"From helping us reopen the park after the major flood in 2022, to helping us complete hundreds of millions of dollars in new infrastructure investments across Yellowstone, the Federal Highway Administration continues to be a critical partner," said Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly.

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Yellowstone's project has received only a slice of the national funding pie. There are five nationwide projects totaling over 88 million dollars.

Department of the Interior Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget Joan Mooney said "As we continue to experience record visitation at public lands across the country, now is the time to make the investments that are long overdue."

Yellowstone National Park Rebuilds After Historic Flooding

After catastrophic flooding damaged portions of Yellowstone National Park in June of 2022, major reconstruction was necessary to make the park passable again. The following are photos of the improvement projects at Old Gardiner Road and the Northeast Entrance Road. All photos are courtesy of the National Park Service, photographer Jacob W. Frank.

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