Posted: Apr 29, 2013 8:24 PM by Jay Kohn - MTN News
GRANT VILLAGE, YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - A breakthrough Monday for plowing crews in Yellowstone National Park.
Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) crews achieved their plowing milestone reaching 16 miles into Yellowstone, as they met up with National Park Service (NPS) crews just south of Grant Village.
The public/private combined plowing effort will allow the park's South Entrance to open May 10 as originally scheduled.
With sequestration budget cuts taking a bite out of Yellowstone's winter snow removal budget, both the communities of Jackson Hole and Cody spearheaded private fund raising efforts to ensure the Parks' South and East entrances will open on time.
Yellowstone's East Entrance is set to open to visitors Friday, May 3.
In this NPS photo, Wyoming Department of Transportation Bob Johnston and Kenny Whitman of the National Park Service greet their respective crews as they mark this week's milestone.
(NPS Photo, Dan Hottle)