BCC sends letter to WYDOT urging 45 mph speed limit on WY-22

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Teton County Board of County Commissioners approved a letter to the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) during yesterday’s meeting, March 22.

The letter urges WYDOT to reduce the speed limit on WY-22 to 45 mph year-round. WYDOT is considering increasing the speed limit on the corridor to 55 mph.

“The Board believes a reduced and consistent year-round speed is the appropriate measure for the safety of motorists and wildlife and aligns with the common values and vision of Teton County,” states the letter.

During the Monday morning meeting, the Board voted to approve the letter with an updated paragraph suggested by Commissioner Mark Newcomb.

The update states, “The corridor also has heavily used intersections that access schools, neighborhoods, and recreational amenities. It is not without notice that highways through parts of Wyoming with far less traffic and fewer turning movements, such as Farson and Eden, are signed at 45 miles per hour or less. We believe that these unique circumstances warrant special consideration in setting a reduced speed limit on this roadway.”

WYDOT conducted a speed study on WY-22 following a request from the Board of County Commisioners. During the summer months, the speed limit is increased to 55 mph just past Spring Gulch Rd. to Emily Steven’s Park. In the winter the speed limit is reduced to 45 mph for the corridor.

“Highway 22 from Jackson to Wilson is the busiest highway in the state, it’s busier than I-80 at its busiest point, that is something that WYDOT has measured and monitored,” said Commissioner Newcomb during the meeting.

the letter was approved unanimously by all the councilmembers.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.

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