JACKSON, Wyo. — A public-private partnership project on the Bridger-Teton National Forest to maintain the asphalt on the historic Old Pass Road in the Teton Pass area is scheduled to begin Friday, July 10. Last fall, the road repair focused on the upper section of the road.
Refurbishing the asphalt will help ensure people have a safer alternative compared with travel on Highway 22 and will ensure this unique recreation asset endures for years to come. The project has been supported by numerous community donations and is a joint effort between Team Jackson Hole, Teton County, Friends of Pathways, and the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
This year, the project will focus on the lower section of road beginning at Trail Creek trailhead and ending a short way above Crater Lake. Preparation work will occur that Friday and is not expected to impede public use of the road.
Re-paving operations will begin the following Monday and are expected to last through Wednesday, July 15. During this time, there will be heavy equipment and truck traffic on the road. Volunteers and staff will be on-site to direct people around the work areas and off of the fresh asphalt.
The work will affect use of the Old Pass road as well as downhill bike traffic coming off of Fuzzy Bunny and Jimmy’s Mom’s trails onto the road. Bicyclists should expect to have to walk their bike around work areas. Walkers and hikers are encouraged to seek alternate trails in the Teton Pass area or to explore other parts of the Forest until repairs are completed.
The 108-year old road has seen many uses since the early settlers of Jackson used it as the primary transportation corridor into the valley. Today it serves as a unique paved pathway in the Forest with an average of 175 people per day walking or biking the road.
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