With the end of the Yellowstone summer season approaching, plan for a little road construction that could impact that last visit, as traffic will not be allowed through the Roosevelt Arch next week.
Visitors arriving and departing through Gardiner will be re-routed along East Park Street and Robert Reamer Avenue, which passes in front of the Xanterra Parks & Resorts warehouse and transportation complex. The diversion, which starts Monday, Oct. 13 and should last between five and seven days, is occurring because West Park Street between US-89 and the Roosevelt Arch in Gardiner will be temporarily closed, allowing contractors to install a water line.
Don’t worry: you’ll still be able to take that picture at the Roosevelt Arch. Visitors and residents will be allowed to walk along the sidewalk and access all businesses along West Park Street and to the Roosevelt Arch during this temporary closure.
This utility work is part of nearly $15 million worth of infrastructure improvements funded through the Federal Lands Access Program, which includes about $2 million in local matching funds from Park County, Mont., and the National Park Service. The project is designed to improve deficiencies to infrastructure, reduce traffic congestion, enhance parking, and provide for better pedestrian accessibility, as well as increased vehicle and pedestrian safety.
The Federal Highway Administration Western Federal Lands Division, and the Gardiner Gateway Project partners plan to celebrate completion of a major portion of the project in conjunction with the National Park Service Centennial in 2016.