Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Damn the Sequester, Full Snowplows Ahead -- Yellowstone or Bust

WYDOT Plowing Moving North from Jackson through South Entrance

To counter Barack Obama's Washington Monument game opening delays, Wyoming Department of Transportation rotary plows are clearing the South Entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

Snow Plowing Progress Map, Effective 4/12
Major progress is being made by Wyoming crews from Cody and the East Entrance as well.  In leading the effort from the Wyoming entrances, Governor Matt Mead said,  “This is an example of what this country needs right now – people working together,”  He continued, “The federal government made cuts that would have shutout visitors for two weeks. I decided Wyoming will not bail them out, but we do want to find solutions. Our towns of Cody and Jackson rallied to raise money and the beneficiaries are all of the visitors who want access to America’s first national park who will now have it.”

Effective Tuesday, Wyomning Crews met a major milestone,
The Wyoming Department of Transportation crews spent 11 days plowing westward from the East Entrance. They met Yellowstone crews plowing eastward about 15 miles inside the park gate, according to department spokesman Cody Beers.
Meanwhile, roads from Yellowstone's West Entrance in West Yellowstone, Montana and Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful will open as originally scheduled (i.e., not on Obama's in your face sequester delayed schedule) this Friday, April 19.  Roads will open starting at 8 a.m. on Friday morning. Kudos to the Town of West Yellowstone which overcame Obama's gamesmanship, with plowing efforts, and by sending a grader and operator into Yellowstone during the last week of March to assist with the removal of snow and ice on park roads near the West Entrance.

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