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UDOT offers to help national parks plow roads during government shutdown

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The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is making plans to plow snow covered roads in the state's national parks during the partial government shutdown. (Photo: NPS / Screen grab)

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is making plans to help the state's national parks plow their snow-covered roads during the partial government shutdown.

Rangers and UDOT officials are working together to help keep the roads clear, the department tweeted on Thursday.

Arches, Captiol Reef and Canyonlands National Parks will be plowed by UDOT.

This announcement came after two of Utah's National Parks had to close because of heavy snowfall.

During the government shutdown, the parks have limited funding. This forced parks to cut services, including road maintenance.

Acting Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, directed the National Park Service to have parks use their own reserve funds to pay for services during the partial government shutdown.

The decision came after McAdams wrote a letter to Bernhardt on Saturday asking the secretary invoke an exemption in the Antideficiency Act that allows for federal funding for parks over safety issues and concerns.

Bernhardt responded by saying he would opt to have the parks pay for the services for now.






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