YNP Road Project Could Impact Tourism
Written by Andrew-Rossi on May 12, 2017
A proposed construction project in Yellowstone National Park could have severe economic consequences for Cody businesses.
Park officials last month opened a comment period for public input on a proposed project to reconstruct the Fishing Bridge, the Pelican Creek Bridge, and a portion of the highway that leads to the East Entrance. There are four proposed options – one is to do nothing, but the other three construction options would require traffic delays, and the possibility of completely closing the road after Labor Day.
Tina Hoebelheinrich, executive director of the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce, says that those construction closures would in essence end the tourist season for east entrance businesses at a critically busy time of year.
The comment period is only open until May 26th, so Hoebelheinrich urges residents and business owners to send in their own unique comments to the Park detailing their reasons why a complete road closure after Labor Day would be detrimental.
Comments will be collected on the Planning, Environment and Public Comment website, as well as accepted in writing.