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Construction begins on East Entrance road in Yellowstone, continues at Tower

Traffic in 2012 moves along a single lane of the then-damaged road between Sylvan Pass and Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone National Park.

New construction has begun on a section of the East Entrance road located near Lake Butte Overlook at the northern edge of Yellowstone Lake. Much of the eastbound lane along the section of road at a point known as “Nine Mile,” between Lake Butte Overlook and Sedge Bay, was washed away in May 2011 during heavy spring rains and snowmelt. Continue Reading →

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New 100-foot cell tower proposed near Lake Hotel in Yellowstone Park

A lone light shines on the Grand Loop Road west of Lake Hotel as viewed at sunrise from Bridge Bay in Yellowstone National Park. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate - click to enlarge)

The National Park Service is reviewing a proposal by Verizon Wireless to erect a new 100-foot cell phone tower in the Lake area. Service would cover Fishing Bridge, the Lake Hotel and surrounding developed Lake area, according to a statement released by the Yellowstone public affairs office. Although the marina and campground at nearby Bridge Bay are not specifically mentioned in planning documents, a coverage map included with the proposal appears to show signal coverage at Bridge Bay and over much of the northern part of Yellowstone Lake. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone road closures planned during 2012 construction projects

Contractors in 2009 resurface part of an 11-mile stretch of road in Yellowstone National Park between the Lewis River Bridge and the park's South Entrance. New construction after Labor Day 2014 will mean fall closures and detours in the park.

Yellowstone road closures are planned in connection with various 2012 construction projects running from July to October, including daytime delays of 30 minutes and nighttime closures at spots in the northern half of Yellowstone National Park. Road and parking lot construction projects in Yellowstone’s Tower Junction and Canyon Village areas are scheduled to begin the first week of July, according to a statement released Monday from the park's public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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