Pathway closures start Monday

Pathway maintenance will close sections the bike path starting Monday, August 5 through mid-August.

Maintenance will consist of asphalt patching and sealing. The following pathways will be affected:

  • All Town of Jackson pathways (the Garaman Path along Flat Creek, paths around school campuses, and the Indian Springs Path from the Middle School to WY22)
  • The Paul Merritt Path along S Highway 89 from Smiths to South Park Loop Road
  • The Moose-Wilson Path along WY390 from Stilson Ranch to the Aspens.

Pathways will be passable during most of the seal coating project, but users should be aware that some paths in the project areas will be closed for short periods of time during the sealing projects. Friends of Pathways does not have an exact schedule for which sections of pathways will be closed on which days, but will provide updates on their Facebook page.

During the course of the month, crews will spray a layer of oil-based sealant in roughly one-mile increments across the entire surface of the pathway. The sealant is extremely hot when applied, and requires up to eight hours to completely dry. People that choose to travel on the pathway during the sealing project should exercise extreme caution and should expect to encounter sections of pathway where the asphalt has been temporarily removed, as well as sections of hot oil sealant that may cause injury or damage bicycles or other equipment and clothing. Users should also expect to encounter construction crews, large equipment, and trucks.

The pathway bridge over the Snake River will be closed to all public use for one day on Tuesday, August 6 in order to allow maintenance crews to apply an epoxy seal to the bridge deck. Public access will not be permitted on the pathway bridge, so pathway users wishing to cross the Snake River will be required to use the WY22 highway bridge for the duration of the project. The pathway approaches on either side of the bridge will be open to the public. The closure will not impact the Wilson Boat Ramp, Emily’s Pond recreation area, Rendezvous Park, or the publicly accessible levees along the Snake River.

All pathway users are requested to respect and obey instructions from maintenance crews and any signage along the pathway system and to stay off freshly sealed pathways until the bridge has been reopened to public use.

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