Project Scope

PROJECT NEED

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.

Arch park after a century

 

 

The unincorporated 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.

 

Images of current conditions

 

On June 14, 2012, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk, and other leaders highlighted the tourism and economic benefits of the project by signing the MOU.

PARTNERSHIP

The project will be phased over the span of 3 years.  This would not be possible without the cooperation and resounding support of the following partners: 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; Gallatin National Forest; Gardiner Park County Water and Sewer District; Gardiner Public School District No. 7&4.

 

PROJECT HISTORY

Original NPS North Entrance project

NPS NORTH ENTRANCE PROJECT

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT

NORTH ENTRANCE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

In October 2011, the NPS Intermountain Regional Director signed the Finding of No Significant impact for the scope of work on the NPS North Entrance project. 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”.

 

PROJECT COMPONENTS

A phased approach to engineering and construction will allow improvements to occur while maintaining access to local businesses, the Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone National Park.

 

PHASE ONE ELEMENTS

Contains portions of Park Street, Highway 89, Arch Park, and the area around the Roosevelt Arch.

Universally accessible pedestrian amenities and visitor parking will provide visitors safe access between the Arch, Arch Park, and Downtown Gardiner businesses.

 

Arch Park and the Roosevelt Stage are designed to highlight the architectural elements of the Roosevelt Arch.

The Roosevelt Arch bypass road will help alleviate traffic congestion and safety issues around the Arch.

The Gardiner, Montana Welcome Center will offer visitor information, public restrooms, and historical interpretation of the nation's first gateway community.

Yellowstone National Park "Welcome" sign. Universally accessible bus loading and pedestrian zones will help to alleviate pedestrian/vehicular conflicts.

Park Street pedestrian amenities and parking looking east

The Pocket Park is designed to be a pedestrian viewing and interpretation area about the Roosevelt Arch.

 

PHASE TWO ELEMENTS

Contains portions of Park Street, Main Street, First Street, Third Street, Yellowstone River Access and Arch Park.

 

FUTURE PHASE ELEMENTS

Future view from Pocket Park with Depot adjacent to Arch Park.

 

The reconstructed Gardiner Depot will reflect the architectural character and features of the original Robert Reamer design. It will serve as the Gardiner Depot Library and multi-use facility.

The Gardiner Transportation Center and North Entrance roads will be completed in conjunction with renovation of the North Entrance station.

Improvements to US Highway 89 will take place in conjunction with an already scheduled MDOT resurfacing project.