I am also concerned about the infrastructure needs in our national parks. I met recently with the Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park and discovered that the majority of Yellowstone's road structurally deficient. As one of the crown jewels of the national park system and host of more than three million visitors annually, this situation is unacceptable. In fact, the Park's 10-year plan includes $250 million in road funding requirements. However, Yellowstone only receives roughly $8 million annually to meet these needs. I certainly hope this shortfall is an issue the committee will address during the reauthorization of ISTEA.
I also am pleased today's hearing will focus on the national economic benefits of the country's transportation infrastructure. Wyoming is a "bridge" state,\; goods are transported from their source across Wyoming, and to their final destination. A set of efficient and well maintained roads are as important to the cities that export goods across the country and around the world as they are to the people in Wyoming. The former director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Don Diller, said last year, "On I-80 in Wyoming, more than 50 percent of the traffic is trucks, and those trucks are not serviced in Wyoming. The goods are not manufactured in Wyoming, and the economy of Wyoming is not improved by their manufacture. The goods are not delivered in Wyoming, but add to the economy of some other area."
Again, Mr. Chairman, I am pleased you are holding this hearing so the subcommittee can explore these important national issues. I look forward to working with you to address some of these pressing national needs.