June 23, 2009
Motorists traveling Highway 26/89/191 in Grand Teton National Park will encounter road construction and delays during the next several weeks. Crack sealing will occur the week of June 22 on the highway between Gros Ventre Junction and the park’s south boundary, just north of the Jackson National Fish Hatchery. Motorists should expect delays up to 15 minutes for this project. Road striping will be underway through July 2, with minor delays expected. The Signal Mountain Summit Road will be closed Mondays through Thursdays, from June 29 through July 9 for an asphalt overlay project. The road will still be open Friday through Sunday during this time.
Reconstruction of the North Park Road in Grand Teton & Rockefeller Parkway, between Lizard Creek campground and Flagg Ranch Resort, is progressing. Work is being done to widen and repave the park road and complete the reconstruction of the Snake River Bridge just south of Yellowstone National Park. Motorists are advised to expect day and night travel delays of up to 30 minutes from now through the end of November. There are no night closures planned for the remainder of the season on the North Park Road.
Other road construction projects are planned for upcoming months, and each will involve 15-minute delays in traffic. These projects include: Asphalt overlays on the road from Colter Bay to Leeks Marina and on the road to the Teton Science Schools’ Kelly Campus during July. Bridge maintenance is also underway throughout the park and intermittent 15 minute delays should be expected at some park bridges.
Motorists traveling Highway 26/89/191 between the park’s south boundary and Cunningham Cabin should expect delays up to 30 minutes beginning August 24 to early September for completion of a chip seal project.
As always, roadwork schedules may change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead, and schedule extra time for their travel through Grand Teton during the next several months. As road improvement work is underway, efforts will be made to minimize inconvenience to drivers using park roads; however, traffic will be held up for short periods of time. These road construction projects are necessary for visitor safety, and maintenance of visitor facilities, for the many vehicles that use park roads each year.
For current road construction information, travelers are advised to call the park’s information hotline at 307.739.3614. The park’s newspaper, Teewinot, includes a road construction map for further reference and can be found online at www.nps.gov/grte, or picked up at any entrance station or visitor center.