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Interior Department allots more than $250 million for national park infrastructure projects

Valley Forge National Historical Park in Prussia, Pa., will receive $10 million to rehabilitate its visitor center. (National Park Service)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than $256 million in funding has been approved for national park infrastructure, the U.S. Department of the Interior said in a news release Wednesday, June 6.

The list includes projects at two Great Lakes region sites:

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park in Prussia, Pa., will receive $10 million to rehabilitate its visitor center. The park is the site of a Revolutionary War encampment, northwest of Philadelphia. Trails connect the key monuments and historic structures, including the early-20th-century National Memorial Arch and the Muhlenberg Brigade’s recreated log-cabin barracks.
  • New York’s Statue of Liberty National Monument will get $33.2 million to help stabilize the Ellis Island seawall. Of the 22 projects across 14 states and the District of Columbia, only Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina will receive more – $35.2 million for a North Shore Road monetary settlement.

The National Park Service ​completed over $650 million in maintenance and repair work in Fiscal Year 2017, but aging facilities, ​high visitation, and resource constraints have kept the maintenance backlog between $11 billion and $12 billion since 2010, the Interior said in the release.

Approved Fiscal Year 2018 National Park Service construction projects, according to the DOI:

Unit Project Location Funding
George Washington Memorial Parkway Arlington Memorial Bridge Repairs Washington, D.C. $18.2 million
National Mall and Memorial Parks Jefferson Memorial Roof and Portico Washington, D.C. $21.37 million
Lowell National Historical Park Replace windows of Boott Mill Museum Massachusetts $4.17 million
Cape Cod National Seashore Upgrade visitor access at Herring Cove Beach Massachusetts $5.4 million
Yellowstone National Park Mammoth Hotel Guest Room Wings upgrades Wyoming $21.3 million
Fort Point National Historic Site North Barbette Tier and Fort Point repairs California $6 million
Channel Islands National Park Replace Anacapa derrick crane California $3.9 million
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Replace plaza paver system and rehabilitate visitor center South Dakota $8.9 million
Vicksburg National Military Park Stabilize railroad redoubt earthworks Mississippi $5.9 million
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Construct Electrical Intertie to Falls Creek Hydro Project – Renewable Energy & Sustainability Alaska $7.5 million
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rehabilitate Elkmont waste water system Tennessee $2.6 million
Valley Forge National Historical Park Rehabilitate visitor center Pennsylvania $10 million
Old Santa Fe Trail Building Rehab Building for Seismic, Rehab Exterior Envelope and Historic Elements New Mexico $2.8 million
Lake Mead National Recreation Area Replace Water Intake Barge with Shoreline Wells at Katherine Landing to Ensure Reliable Water Supply Arizona $1.9 million
Death Valley National Park Restore Flood-Damaged Historic Scotty’s Castle Visitor Center California $5.4 million
Carlsbad Caverns National Park Replace Old/Failing Primary Electrical Distribution Infrastructure New Mexico $3.4 million
Great Smoky Mountains National Park North Shore Road Monetary Settlement North Carolina $35.2 million
Mammoth Cave National Park Reconstruct Unsafe Cave Trail Along Grand Avenue Tour Between Snowball and Grand Central Kentucky $13.9 million
Statue of Liberty National Monument Stabilize Ellis Island Seawall-Phase III New York $33.2 million
National Capital Regional Office Rehabilitate National Mall and Memorial Parks, US Park Police, and Regional Office Campus District of Columbia $11.8 million
Yosemite National Park Rehabilitate Wawona Wastewater Treatment Plant. California $21.5 million
Glacier National Park Rebuild/reconstruct Sperry Chalet Montana $12 million


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