Roads Key Issue for Cody and YNP | Big Horn Basin Media

Roads are Key Issue for Yellowstone-Cody Relations

Written by on May 16, 2017

Transportation in and out of Cody from Yellowstone was one of the most pressing topics of discussion between community leaders and Yellowstone officials yesterday.

Monday marked the 66th annual National Parks Day – a day set aside every year by the Cody community to welcome and thank the officials and staff from Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. At Cody Club yesterday, a large crowd of Chamber of Commerce members and other community leaders gathered to have lunch and hear updates from the Superintendent at Yellowstone and the assistant Superintendent of Grand Teton National Park.

This year’s hot topic is a proposed construction project that would repair or replace two aging bridges on the East Entrance road, one being the historic Fishing Bridge. Superintendent Wenk said that the preferred alternative for the park is that if there are any full road closures necessary to do the work, that those closures would only occur after the primary tourist season is winding down, and then just for the fall of 2018.

When asked how he feels relations are between the community of Cody and Park Administration, Wenk had positive feedback.

Other topics discussed at yesterday’s Parks Day luncheon included updates on road closures, such as the north rims drive which is closed for the rest of the week due to a water break; information on the efforts to reduce the number of non-native lake trout from Yellowstone Lake; and visitor demographics and concerns, among other issues.

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