Gros Ventre Road to Kelly to close for repairs

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Repair will get started Monday, October 2 on the eroded section of the Gros Ventre/Kelly Road. The work will result in a two-week daytime closure of the road. The entire job is expected to be complete by November 21, as weather allows.

Grand Teton National Park selected RJS Construction, Inc., based out of Yakima, Washington, to do the work. RJS will establish two paved lanes of travel around the eroded section and provide additional stabilization to the river bank.

Beginning Monday, October 2 through Friday, October 13, the road will be closed between the Gros Ventre Junction with US Highway 26/89/191 to the Gros Ventre Campground on weekdays between 9:00am to 2:30pm. During the midday closures, traffic to the community of Kelly, Gros Ventre Campground, and other locations in the area will be rerouted via Antelope Flats Road. The detour will be signed along roadways. The midday road closure applies to all traffic, including bicycles and pedestrians.

Travelers may encounter delays of up to 15 minutes before and after the midday closures and on weekends through October 13. One lane of traffic will be maintained overnight during this time.

Between October 14 and November 21, the road will be open for travel with maximum 15-minute delays during daylight hours due to continued roadwork and river bank stabilization.

Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela said, “The construction schedule was set to minimize disruption to traffic between the community of Kelly and the highway, specifically for school-related and campground traffic.”

This work is the second of three phases in response to an historic and significant amount of snowmelt and runoff this spring that caused major erosion to the Gros Ventre River bank and affected the road. Approximately 4.5 miles of the road was closed June 6-29.

The first phase of work was completed in June and included a gravel bypass around the eroded section and some riverbank stabilization.  An alternating one-lane of traffic managed by a lighted traffic control system has been in place since late June.

The third and final phase will include re-establishment of the riverbank and permanent realignment of the road. This work is anticipated to begin in late 2019.

The Gros Ventre Campground, managed by Grand Teton Lodge Company, remains open and available for first-come, first-served overnight camping with the last night to camp is October 12.

 

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