Pelican Creek

Roadwork would help Pelican Creek flow more naturally into Yellowstone Lake.

BRETT FRENCH, Gazette Staff

A Yellowstone National Park road improvement project between Fishing Bridge and Indian Pond has been approved.

The Federal Highway Administration will fund and oversee the project, which is expected to begin in spring 2018.

The 3.6 miles of road along the Northeast Entrance to the park is being undertaken to: address safety concerns and improve vehicle access; reconnect the wetlands of the Pelican Creek drainage and allow the creek to naturally migrate within its floodplain; provide better nature viewing opportunities along the road; maintain the historic character of roads, bridges, and other historic resources in the project area; minimize the impact to natural resources; and provide access for larger, modern vehicles.

When the proposed project begins, construction delays would normally be limited to 30 minutes. The road may also temporarily close at night or for up to several days at a time. A complete road closure late in the 2018 season (Oct. 15 to Nov. 7) would also likely occur.

For more information, review the EA and FONSI on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment website.

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