WILSON, Wyo. — For Teton Pass commuters, the past few days have left many frustrated, waiting for the temporary stoplight to change near the Idaho State Line.

Terry Johnson, who commutes from Idaho to Jackson every day said his drive home on Tuesday took nearly two hours.

The traffic light left many sitting in traffic on Tuesday evening. Photo: Terry Johnson

“I moved one mile in 25 minutes,” Johnson said.

The temporary light is being used to manage alternating one-way traffic for construction of the Teton Centennial Trail connecting Wyoming and Idaho but the timing of the light proved to be flawed for westbound traffic during the evening commute.

“The issues have been resolved,” Project Engineer Rodney “Blaine” Johnson said this morning. He said the adjustments to the timing of the light were made yesterday.

He also said flaggers will be taking over earlier in the day to help keep commuters moving and will be stationed every day while the light is being used.

Wyoming Department of Transportation Public Relations Specialist Stephanie Harsha said the section of trail being worked on right now extends one mile on the north side of the highway, ending with a grade-separated crossing to the Trail Creek Campground.

On highway work should be completed by mid-June, Johnson said.

The federal project is being overseen by the Western Federal Lands Highway Division. The construction contract was awarded Yale Creek Incorporated, based in Idaho Falls.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.