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Federal transportation funds allocated through the Federal Lands Access Program will enable work to begin on a project to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park and the community of Gardiner, Montana.  Park Spokesman Al Nash says the $10.3- million funding will augment the nearly $2-million from the National Park Service and Park County allocated for the project.  Nash says the project is long overdue.  He says the entire area around the north entrance including the iconic Roosevelt Arch was never envisioned to handle the type of visitor traffic that is seen in 2013.  Says Nash: “We have issues with congestion, pedestrian safety, and traffic safety, as well as the fact that the infrastructure just sees a lot of impacts from visitors.” Nash says the improvements are to begin next year and be completed in time for the centennial of the National park Service in 2016.  The project seeks to reduce traffic congestion, enhance parking and provide safer pedestrian access.  The Federal Highway Administration Western Federal Lands Division will administer the project in cooperation with the Gardiner Gateway Project partners.

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