National Park Service

Days after a visit to Staten Island, where he made the case for the swift passage of a federal lands package, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced that his push to allow the National Park Service (NPS) to grant an easement to New York City for access to land so they can perform maintenance and general operation of the Staten Island Seawall has just passed the Senate as part of a larger bipartisan federal lands package.

On Dec. 21, 2018, the National Park Service Acting Intermountain Regional Director Kate Hammond signed a Finding of No Significant Impact for an environmental assessment (EA) to replace the Lewis River Bridge in Yellowstone National Park. The bridge is located south of the Lewis Lake Campground on the South Entrance Road.

When the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu closed back in May, no one knew when it would reopen again. Now, however, the reopening date may be on the horizon. The National Park Service has revised its construction timeline and anticipates project completion by the end of March 2019.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced nearly $21.3 million in funding approved to rebuild critical national park infrastructure in Wyoming. The money will go towards the rehabilitation and seismic retrofit of the Mammoth Hotel Guest Room Wings at Yellowstone National Park.

The National Park Service announces that it has awarded a contract for construction of a new Timpanogos Cave visitor contact station to the Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company of Salt Lake City. Work is expected to begin immediately after Labor Day, with completion anticipated in early June of 2019.

The National Park Service is about to begin repairs to the road deck and support structure of the bridge over Windy Run on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The work is scheduled to take place between June and September to reduce the number of people it will inconvenience, but drivers should prepare for delays and changes to the normal traffic pattern.

The Washington Monument is about to see almost $10.8 million in improvements. The National Park Service announced Sept. 5 that it has awarded a contract to Rockville, Md.-based Grunley Construction for elevator repairs and for a new safety check area, the Washington Post reported.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner announced on July 22 that the National Park Service is teaming up with partners across the nation to distribute nearly $50 million in high priority maintenance and infrastructure projects at 42 parks in 29 states.