Located at the historic North Entrance, the Gardiner Gateway project focuses on enhancing access to approximately 10 million acres of federal and state land in and around Yellowstone National Park.
The community of Gardiner holds fewer than 900 residents, and the impact of visitation is significant to community infrastructure. This has created a need for a sustainable solution for vehicular and pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, parking, drainage/utilities, dark sky initiative lighting, roadways and sidewalks, public restrooms and signage.
The Gardiner Gateway Project will be phased over the span of 3 years pending secured funding. This would not be possible without the cooperation and resounding support of the following agencies: the United States Department of the Interior; National Park Service; Gardiner Chamber of Commerce; Greater Gardiner Community Council; Park County, Montana; Montana Department of Transportation; State of Montana, Governor’s Office; Western Federal Lands Highway Division, Federal Highways; Yellowstone Association; Yellowstone Park Foundation; National Park Foundation; Montana Department of Commerce; Yellowstone Country Montana, Inc; and Gallatin National Forest.
UPDATE: The project will receive $10.3 million from the Federal Lands Access Program (ACCESS), which helps fund state and local transportation repair and improvement projects. The program proposal which was submitted by Park County, Montana and the National Park Service (NPS) was approved on July 16th, 2013 by the Montana Program Decisions Committee. With local matching funds from the NPS and Park County, total project funding is nearly $12 million.
Funded by ACCESS:
- Drainage Conveyance System
- Utility Upgrades (impacted by road work)
- Main, Park, 3rd, 1st Street Improvements (sidewalks, curbs, roads)
- Arch Park Improvements
- Arch Viewing Pocket Park
- Yellowstone River Access Trail
Not funded by ACCESS:
- Roosevelt Arch and Bypass Road, Gardiner Transportation Center Roads, North Entrance Road, North Entrance Station (Yellowstone National Park)
- Montana Department of Transportation, US Highway 89
- Gardiner Depot Reconstruction
- Gardiner Welcome Center with Public Restrooms
Local and state officials responded to the approved North Entrance (NPS) project and completed preliminary engineering for local, county, and state portions of the project forming what is now called the “Gardiner Gateway Project”.