Construction is slated to begin on infrastructure improvements around the North Entrance to Yellowstone.
The North Entrance will receive $15 million worth of improvements via the Federal Lands Access Program. This includes $2 million from Park County, Montana and the National Park Service.
The Murtagh Municipal Engineering and the Gardiner Water and Sewer District awarded the initial utility contract to the Dick Anderson Construction, a Montana company with offices in Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena and Billings. Heavy equipment, being moved to Gardiner, will install new domestic and storm water lines along Main Street (in Park County) and Park Street (in Yellowstone National Park).
The North Entrance infrastructure improvements will include amelioration of existing deficiencies, reduction of traffic congestion, enhancement of parking and providence of better pedestrian accessibility. The improvements will also seek to increase vehicle and pedestrian safety.
Completion of a major part of the North Entrance plan is set for 2016, to conjunct with the National Park Service Centennial. Both the Federal Highway Administration Western Federal Lands Division and the Gardiner Gateway Project partners wish to celebrate the improvements and the Centennial together.