Utah DOT offers to plow roads in National Parks amidst federal shutdown

National Park Service rangers met with DOT officials this week

January 11, 2019
Utah DOT offers to plow roads in National Parks amidst federal shutdown
Utah DOT offers to plow roads in National Parks amidst federal shutdown

Officials with the Utah Department of Transportation are meeting with rangers from the National Park Service to discuss plowing roads in three of Utah’s national parks during the federal government shutdown.

The shutdown, which is now approaching the end of its third week, has halted funding to the national parks, including the funding for services like plowing.

On Dec. 31, Arches and Canyonlands national parks both announced the closure of park roads due to the unsafe conditions created by snowy roadways. Canyonlands, Arches and Capitol Reef national parks are under discussion in UDOT’s meeting with National Park Service officials.

National parks across the country have been particularly affected by the federal government partial shutdown, with issues ranging from the aforementioned unmaintained roads, to pervasive littering, to instances of human waste on walkways and overflowing toilet facilities.

Related Articles

MnDOT announces state road and bridge construction projects lined up for 2020
Image: @MnDOT via Twitter
The Minnesota DOT (MnDOT) announced yesterday that the agency will undertake 188 road and bridge projects statewide during the 2020 season to help…
April 03, 2020
Located between Atlanta and Athens in Georgia, Snellville has become one of Gwinnett County's fastest-growing cities, boasting family-friendly parks…
April 01, 2020
The Pennsylvania DOT (PennDOT) announced yesterday that 61 emergency and critical highway and bridge projects will be active statewide this week. The…
April 01, 2020
Roads & Bridges Media recently surveyed our readership to find out how the ongoing and accelerating effects of COVID-19, or coronavirus, are…
March 31, 2020
expand_less