Chip Seal Project to Begin on Hwy 89 in GTNP

Conditions of park roads have greatly improved from early days of travel
August 17, 2009
Beginning Monday, August 24, motorists traveling on Highway 26/89/191 between Cunningham Cabin (near Triangle X Ranch) and the park’s south boundary (four miles north of Jackson) should expect delays of up to 30 minutes while a chip-seal project is underway. To facilitate the staging of project materials and construction equipment, Teton Point Turnout will be closed as of today, August 17, and remain closed throughout the duration of the project. Weather permitting, road crews plan to complete this chip-seal project before the Labor Day weekend.

The chip-seal application will progress north to south, moving from Cunningham Cabin on the northern portion of Highway 26/89/191 to one mile north of Moose Junction, then concluding with the southern segment of the highway from Moose Junction to Fish Hatchery Hill. Motorists are advised to drive slowly throughout the work zone in order to prevent windshield damage.

Travelers may choose to drive alternate routes to avoid the chip-seal work zone, and flashing message boards will be placed at the Moose, Moran, and Jackson Lake junctions, suggesting appropriate routes. The alternate routes will include the Teton Park Road, Antelope Flats Road, and Moose-Wilson Road, depending on where road work is currently taking place.

Bridge maintenance work is still underway and motorists should expect 15-minute travel delays at two locations: the Buffalo Fork Bridge near Moran Junction and the Spread Creek Bridge just south of Elk Ranch Flats.

Reconstruction of the North Park Road, between Lizard Creek campground in Grand Teton and Flagg Ranch Resort in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, is progressing. Motorists are advised to expect travel delays of up to 30 minutes from now through the end of November.

Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead, and schedule extra time for their travel through Grand Teton National Park during the next several weeks. While road improvement work is underway, every effort 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 to improve safety, as well as provide routine maintenance.

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 reference; it can also be found online at, or picked up at any entrance station or visitor center.