June 2, 2008
Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced today that a temporary travel closure will be in place on the unpaved segment of the Moose-Wilson Road within Grand Teton National Park from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 6. This temporary closure is necessary to prepare for and apply a dust abatement product to the gravel portion of the road from the Granite Canyon trailhead parking area for a distance of 1.5 miles north. The closure will prevent the ability to make a “through trip” on the Moose-Wilson Road for approximately 12 hours.
Although the temporary closure will inconvenience visitors and local residents who wish to drive the length of the Moose-Wilson Road on Friday, the dust abatement application will make future travel a safer and more enjoyable experience. By minimizing dust on this road, visibility will be improved and damage to nearby vegetation will be reduced. Local residents and park visitors are advised to make travel plans accordingly and detour away from the Moose-Wilson Road during the closure.
The product used for dust abatement is a slurry of magnesium chloride. It is the same product that is used to treat dirt roads in and around Jackson Hole. This product coats the road surface, but it can also adhere to the undercarriage of vehicles. Motorists who may drive this portion of the Moose-Wilson Road after it reopens on Friday evening may want to rinse off their vehicles to eliminate any residue.
Roadwork schedules may change, or be delayed, due to weather conditions or other extenuating circumstances.