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Dust abatement application for Moose-Wilson Road


UPDATE (June 15, 10 a.m.): With rain in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday, dust abatement along the Moose-Wilson Road has been postponed until further notice.

The unpaved section of the Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton National Park will be temporarily closed for seasonal dust abatement beginning 4 a.m. Tuesday, June 16 and will reopen by 8 a.m. Thursday, June 18.

The regular dust abatement application occurs several times during the summer on the approximately one-mile of unpaved section of the seven-mile road.

During the dust abatement application June 16-18, motorists and bicyclists should plan to use an alternate route as this temporary closure will prevent making a ‘through trip’ on the Moose-Wilson Road between the Granite Canyon Entrance Station and the Teton Park Road at Moose, Wyoming.

Those wishing to reach the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve parking area or Death Canyon trailhead may access these features by traveling south from the Teton Park Road Junction near the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center.

Electronic signs will be placed on Wyoming Highway 390 to alert park visitors and local residents of the scheduled road closure. For travelers heading south to Teton Village from the Moose area, signs will also be placed near the junction of the Teton Park Road.

The product used for dust abatement is a slurry of magnesium chloride, the same product that is used to treat dirt roads in and around Jackson Hole. This product coats the road surface, but it can also adhere to the undercarriage of vehicles. Motorists who drive the unpaved portion of the Moose-Wilson Road after it reopens on Thursday may want to rinse off their vehicles to eliminate any residue.

Roadwork schedules may change, or be delayed, due to weather conditions, equipment malfunction, or other extenuating circumstances.

And remember to expect temporary 20-minute delays along the Moose-Wilson Road near the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve from 11 a.m. -4 p.m. on Monday, June 15, as well as trail closures between the Preserve Center and Phelps Lake.

The Lake Creek, Woodland and Aspen Ridge Trails will be closed, as well as the Phelps Lake Loop south of Huckleberry Point and south of the junction with the Boulder Ridge Trail, between 7 a.m.-5-p.m. on Monday, June 15.

The temporary delays and closures will be in effect for health and safety purposes as a helicopter transports supplies and materials for repairs of the Phelps Lake Restroom.

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