Due to federal budget cuts in the congressional sequester, Yellowstone National Park officials were facing the reality of opening roads within the park later than usual due to a lack of funding that is required to snow-plow the roads. The communities of Cody and Jackson teamed up to fund plowing equipment and personnel from the Wyoming Department of Transportation to assist park crews in clearing the roads.
Monday, Wyoming Governor offered these comments regarding the local solution that business owners and public entities from Jackson and Cody provided.
Crews from WYDOT began clearing snow Monday at the park's east entrance. The project is expected to take about a month as crews will remove snow on the road between the Park's eastern boundary and Fishing Bridge.