Editor’s Note: This is a developing story and it will be updated when more information is made available.
UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.:
“Timelines for repair and reopening of this private bridge are unknown until the Snake River Sporting Club engineers have completed a full damage assessment,” Teton County said in a statement this afternoon.
The release added that emergency access has been opened via the Bridger-Teton National Forest Service temporary emergency access to Teton County’s Hoback Junction South Road. Alternating one-way traffic will be allowed until 6 p.m. today and between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 11. Emergency access is limited to residents and workers only and no heavy equipment or vehicles are allowed at this time. Personal vehicles must have high clearance, four or all-wheel drive and good winter tires to travel this route.
Emergency services have plans in place to reach this area for life safety incidents but ask all workers and residents to be extra vigilant with fire and ignition sources as an emergency response will be significantly delayed.
Information about the status of operations at affected businesses can be found by contacting those businesses. Residents of this area should reach out to Snake River Sporting Club officials for the latest information.
UPDATE: 10:30 a.m.: Teton County Emergency Management Coordinator Rich Ochs spoke with Buckrail this morning about the Astoria Bridge closure.
According to Ochs, a semi-truck crashed into the bridge at about 8:20 a.m. this morning, causing significant traffic delays on US26/89 and prompting the bridge’s closure.
“Visual inspection by law enforcement on the scene assessed it [the structural damage] and they did not feel safe sending people over that bridge,” Ochs said.
The Forest Service is currently working on getting the egress open and is clearing snow off of the road which has been closed for at least eight days due to a Dec. 1 Forest Service winter closure Ochs explained.
The bridge is owned and maintained by Snake River Sporting Club.
HOBACK, Wyo. — The Astoria ‘Red Bridge’ is closed until further notice as Teton County Sheriff’s Department assesses damage to the bridge.
Per Teton County Sheriff’s Office, the Astoria Bridge (red steel bridge) in the Snake River Canyon that accesses the Snake River Sporting Club and Astoria Park is closed until further notice due to structural damage.
According to a Nixle alert, “both Teton County and the Bridger-Teton National Forest are actively working on a solution to open an alternate egress route, but at this time anyone on the south (Sporting Club) side of the bridge is asked to remain where they are until we update this Nixle message with alternate route information.”