The Yellowstone North Entrance is on schedule to receive a major makeover in coming years, as congestion around the Roosevelt Arch is causing an overhaul of how visitors can enter the National Park.
The plan, designed to relieve traffic congestion and improve safety, was signed by the National Park Service Intermountain Region Director yesterday after an Environmental Assessment (EA) returned a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
Among the highlights of the approved preferred alternative, which extends Second Street and bypasses Park Street in Gardiner:
- • A new entrance station complex will be built to better facilitate entry into the park, allowing visitors the option of entering Yellowstone through the historic Roosevelt Arch or traveling over a new access road to bypass congestion.
- • Expanded parking areas, crosswalks and walkways will be installed, protecting pedestrians, improving traffic circulation, and allowing better access to businesses along Park Street.
- • The administrative road in front of the Gardiner Transportation Center will be moved to separate traffic from delivery vehicles and employee parking.
Improvements will be completed in phases during the early spring and late fall periods as funding becomes available to reduce the impact on day-to-day operations around the entrance.