June 22, 2009
Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott announced today that a brief travel closure will be in effect on the unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road within Grand Teton National Park for about seven hours beginning at 5:30 a.m. on Friday, June 26. The temporary closure is scheduled to allow for grading work to be done on the unpaved roadbed. The Moose-Wilson Road will reopen by 1 p.m., barring inclement weather or equipment malfunction.
Road crews will complete the project in the shortest time possible; however, because this temporary closure prevents the ability to make a “through trip” on the Moose-Wilson Road, local residents and park visitors are advised to plan accordingly and use an alternate route. For those visitors wishing to reach the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve or the Death Canyon trailhead, access will be possible by driving south on the Moose-Wilson Road from the junction with the Teton Park Road at Moose, Wyoming.
To alert travelers of the expected daytime road closure, electronic signs will be in place on Wyoming Highway #390, beginning Wednesday, June 24. For motorists heading south to Teton Village, signs will also be placed at the junction of the Teton Park Road, near the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center.
The gravel surface of the Moose-Wilson Road between the Granite Canyon trailhead and the old JY Ranch gate, 1.5 miles north of the trailhead, becomes eroded during the summer months due to volume of vehicles that travel on it. Road grading will create a smoother surface and provide an added measure of safety for motorists using this roadway.
Roadwork schedules may change, or be delayed, due to weather conditions, equipment malfunction, or other extenuating circumstances.