(Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.) – Wyoming Department of Transportation and National Park Service road-opening crews met each other at 11 a.m. Wednesday about 15 miles inside the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park.
Plowing was paid for by the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce, the City of Cody, Park County and many private donors. WYDOT finished early and under budget according to the Department of Transportation. WYDOT is also working to open the South Entrance to the Park from Jackson by May 10th.
“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,” Wyoming Governor Matt Mead said Wednesday. “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.”
Governor Mead also thanked Yellowstone officials for being willing to work with Wyoming and the gateway communities to accomplish this task.