August 3, 2009
Bridge maintenance work will be underway throughout Grand Teton National Park and consequently, motorists should expect 15-minute delays in travel at various locations. The Christian Creek Bridge just south of Jackson Lake Lodge will be open to a single lane of traffic only for a few days beginning August 5. Work on the Buffalo Fork Bridge near Moran Junction will follow with one-lane travel restrictions and 15-minute delays. The Spread Creek Bridge, on Highway 26/89/1919 just south of Elk Ranch Flats, will experience similar one-lane closures beginning August 17.
Motorists traveling Highway 26/89/191 between the park’s south boundary (four miles north of Jackson) and Cunningham Cabin near Triangle X Ranch should expect delays of up to 30 minutes during a chip-seal project scheduled to begin on August 24. Work will start on the northern portion of Highway 26/89/191 from one mile north of Moose Junction to Cunningham Cabin, then conclude with the southern segment of the highway from Moose Junction to Fish Hatchery Hill. Weather permitting, road crews plan to complete the chip-seal project before Labor Day weekend. Motorists are advised to drive slowly throughout the work zone in order to prevent windshield damage
During the chip-seal project, the Teton Point Turnout will be closed to facilitate the staging of construction equipment and materials. This closure will begin August 17 and end before Labor Day weekend.
Reconstruction of the North Park Road in Grand Teton—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. Motorists are advised to expect travel delays of up to 30 minutes from now through the end of November.
Important note: Work on the North Park Road will cease on weekends during August—and during the Labor Day holiday—to allow for unfettered traffic flow during peak travel times.
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 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 reference; it can also be found online at www.nps.gov/grte, or picked up at any entrance station or visitor center.