Reconstruct road from Fishing Bridge to Indian Pond
Yellowstone National Park is proposing to reconstruct a segment of the East Entrance Road from Fishing Bridge to Indian Pond (3.2 miles). The proposed road reconstruction project would include the road, associated parking areas and turnouts, Fishing Bridge, and Pelican Creek Bridge. The project would make the road compliant with engineering safety standards, widen the road to the parkwide standard of 30-feet, repair or replace the deteriorated bridges, restore wetland functions, and improve roadway and parking efficiency.
The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed project evaluates two alternatives: a no action alternative and one action alternative. In Alternative A, the no action alternative, the road, bridges, and parking areas would remain unchanged. Alternative B includes reconstructing the road to 30-feet, reconstructing the parking lots adjacent to the Fishing Bridge Museum and the Fishing Bridge General Store, adding turn lanes through the developed area of Fishing Bridge, rehabilitating or replacing the Fishing Bridge, and replacing the Pelican Creek Bridge and associated causeway with a 1,500 foot viaduct over the wetland. The EA analyzes soils, vegetation, wetlands, cultural resources, and threatened and endangered species.
If the proposed project is implemented, construction delays would normally be limited to 30 minutes. There may be some temporary road closures. These closures could consist of regular nighttime closures, and/or all day closures lasting up to a few days in duration. A complete road closure late in the season (after Labor Day) could be required.
The public comment period for the EA closed on May 26, 2017. If you were unable to provide comments by the May deadline and still wish to comment, mail your comments to:
Fishing Bridge to Indian Pond Reconstruction, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190.
The next step in the process includes development of a decision document and responses to substantive comments pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.