Gros Ventre Road gets long overdue repaving

JACKSON, Wyo. — Repaving of the Gros Ventre Road on the Jackson Ranger District begins today, Monday August 31. The project is expected to be ongoing for the next two months.

RS Bennett Construction will be allowed to commence four-hour road closures on the Gros Ventre Road as needed throughout the project. They will give the Forest 24-hour advance notice of when these closures are being contemplated. Additionally, the Bridger-Teton remains in direct contact with residents and with permittees that utilize that corridor.

When in effect, closures will apply to all traffic from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. On days when closures are in effect, there will be a one-hour window from 12-1 p.m. where alternating one-way traffic will be accommodated through the closure. The roadway will be open to two-way traffic each night.

“They will not necessarily need to close the road for both four-hour windows each day,” said forest engineer Mike Oltman, who is overseeing the project. “Because we understand the inconvenience road construction causes, we are taking every step possible to minimize closure times.”

The construction project has identified stations as the forest roadway lacks mile markers. Station 00 is at the forest and park boundary. Station numbers count up from there with every 100 feet getting a new station number.

A good reference point for many locals puts station 316 at Atherton Creek Campground. The road will be closed between the Geology Turnout (approximately Station 245) and Atherton Creek Campground (Station 316) Monday. Turn around areas will be provided at each end.

The original road was installed and paved in the 1960s. The lifespan of the road has long since expired.

“This project will be a huge improvement with the re-paving and fixing drainage issues which will provide for landowners, outfitters, and the general public benefit for many years to come,” Oltman added. “We very much appreciate the understanding from all Gros Ventre Road users, as a road improvement project of this magnitude are not possible without some level of closure, for mainly safety reasons.”

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