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$180 Million In Maintenance Needed At Glacier National Park

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The National Park Service is getting ready to celebrate 100 years and topping their birthday wish list is an $11.5 billion facelift.

Glacier National Park covers nearly one million acres and keeping the roads, buildings and trails up to date isn't cheap.

"We do what we can with what we have but at this point we have almost 180 million in deferred maintenance,” said park spokeswoman Denise Germann.

The National Park Service released totals for deferred maintenance—work that was not done when it should have been done.

To cover the cost of all repairs at glacier the federal government would need to fork over more than 178 million dollars.

"The cost of taking care of those structures and any of those facilities is quite expensive,” Germann said.

The park's many historic landmarks are one reason for the high cost.

"We've got the Many Glacier Hotel, The Lake McDonald Lodge, the historic Going to the Sun Road. Those cost incurred in rehabilitating that road and keeping the historic integrity of that road is quite expensive and that's part of that figure."

Glacier National Park will likely not get the full $180 million but that does not mean the park is going to suddenly start falling apart. Included in the total are everyday maintenance items like filling in potholes and updating roadside displays as well as major renovations.

"You know if you've got an old house there's lot of needs that need to be taken care of and upgrades that need to happen,” said Germann.

Glacier isn't the only park with a hefty sum.

Roughly $657 million is needed at Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon has a $329 million back log and Mount Rainier needs nearly $300 million.

"We've got a spreadsheet of everything and congress looks at that and determines what might be appropriate to be funding,” said Germann.

The National Park Service's budget request includes $300 million a year for the next three years for non-transportation repairs.

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