KEMMERER, WY – The Bridger-Teton National Forest will temporarily close La Barge Creek road to complete a culvert replacement later this month.

As part of a multi-year project to improve road infrastructure and stream passage for native Colorado River Cutthroat Trout in the La Barge Creek drainage, culvert replacement construction will occur on Little Clear Creek on the Kemmerer Ranger District. This work will connect two miles of currently inaccessible spawning and rearing habitat, as well as reduce the risk of future road failures.

A temporary road closure in the La Barge drainage will occur during the week of August 19. During that week, La Barge Creek Road (FS 10138) will be closed for one day, but will not remain closed overnight.

Travelers in the La Barge headwaters should consider alternative routes, including access over Sheep Pass via the Smiths Fork Road (FS 10072) or access from the Tri-Basin area along Greys River Road (FS 10138). It is important to be aware that construction traffic throughout the week could slow travel in these areas.