Public Input Requested for Yellowstone River Bridge Replacement
Written by Andrew-Rossi on October 30, 2019
The National Park Service is seeking public comment on proposals to replace the Yellowstone River Bridge in Yellowstone National Park.
The bridge, built in the 1960s, is directly outside of Mammoth Hot Springs and only a few miles from the Northeast Entrance. The structure is deteriorating and the National Park Service is prioritizing visitor safety by looking into replacing the entire structure.
This will be a particularly ambitious project – the bridge is part of the only set of Yellowstone roads that are open year-round. An Environmental Impact Statement is currently being worked on to evaluate three potential plans for the project – everything from keeping the current bridge unaltered to creating new bridges along the same ravine. There is no word on if the bridge will face a closure during the construction.
The Environmental Assessment is scheduled to be completed by spring 2020, with a decision on the project the following summer. Public comment on the project is open until November 16th of next month.
CComments 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 EA, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.
Mail comments to: Compliance Office, Attention: Yellowstone River Bridge EA, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.