Posted: Apr 18, 2013 9:15 AM by MTN News
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Just before noon Wednesday, Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) snow plows met up with a Yellowstone National Park road crew, marking the culmination of an extensive effort to open the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says Park Service crews will now take over the plowing effort into Yellowstone, allowing the East Gate to open on schedule, May 3, barring unforeseen weather.
The plowing was paid for by the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce, the City of Cody, Park County and many private donors.
According to state officials, WYDOT finished their part of the project ahead of schedule and under budget.
WYDOT is also working to open the South Entrance to the park from Jackson by May 10.
"When we thought the federal sequestration was going to shut the public out of Yellowstone and slow down tourism in our gateway communities, Wyoming came together and solved the problem," said Mead.
"The two crews have had great support in Park and Teton counties. I thank them and everyone in Cody and Jackson who have rallied to make it possible for Wyoming to welcome the world to America's first national park again this spring," Mead said.
Mead also thanked Yellowstone officials for their willingness to work with Wyoming and the gateway communities to accomplish the plowing effort.