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Work under way to open roads near Yellowstone buried in snow

Apr 4, 2017 - From wire reports

Annual springopening road work on U.S.14/16/20between Pahaska and the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park was scheduled to begin Monday, April 3.

The opening of two miles of the spectacular part of the highwayis dependent upon favorable weather. Snow returned to the area on Tuesday morning.

This stretch of highway is closed annually west of Pahaska due to the limited amount traffic. The area traditionally is a popular winter recreation area for cross-country skiers and people with snowmobiles.

It is one of several Wyoming roads in the area that provide eye-popping imagery when show plows and blowers begin clearing away heavy snowpack every spring.

"This is the normal time of the year for WYDOT's road-opening operations to take place," said WYDOT area maintenance supervisor Robin Nichols of Basin.

Following the annual opening of the two-mile stretch between Pahaska and Yellowstone's East Gate, WYDOT maintenance workers shift their focus to annual road-opening operations of U.S. 14A east of Lovell in the Bighorn Mountains.

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