Yellowstone National Park officials are asking for public comment on a new bridge project in the Park.
Specifically, officials are asking for public comment on what to do with the Bighorn Pass Trail bridge, which spans the Gallatin River. The current plan outlines four options for the bridge:
1. Scrapping the bridge and converting the crossing into a river ford.
2. Building a new trail down to the Fawn Pass Trail bridge.
3. Replacing the current Bighorn Pass Trail bridge.
4. Replacing the current Bighorn Pass Trail and creating a new path between Bighorn Pass and Fawn Pass.
Both passes are located in the northwest quadrant of the Park, south of Big Sky, Montana and north of West Yellowstone off U.S. Route 191
The public comment period runs from now to February 3, 2016. You can submit comments on Yellowstone’s Planning, Environment, and Public Comment site. You can also submit written comments in person to the Park’s mailroom in the Administration Building in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming. The mailing address is below for paper comments:
Attn: Bighorn Trail Bridge
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
Note: if you participate in the public comment period, your name and address will go on public record.