The Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY - Design work will start next month for a new visitor center at the nation's premier quarry of Jurassic-period dinosaur bones. The National Park Service has signed a decision allowing construction of a new interpretive center at Dinosaur National Monument and rehabilitation of the structure that protects its famous collection of bones. The Quarry Visitor Center, about 20 miles east of Vernal, has been closed for more than two years because of safety problems. The center was built atop unstable clay. The center houses more than 1,500 dinosaur bones. The closure has frustrated visitors and paleontologists seeking access to what the Park Service calls ''the world's best window'' into late-Jurassic fossils. Mary Risser, the monument's superintendent, said design of the $10 million project will take about a year.
Construction money could be available for 2011, according to the Park Service, but so far the project hasn't been funded.
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Last Updated: October 7, 2008