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Proactive Road Preservation Scheduled in Park this Year

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Date: March 13, 2019
Contact: Denise Germann, 307.739.3393

MOOSE, WY—A large pavement preservation project is planned in Grand Teton National Park this summer in an effort to proactively protect and preserve asphalt road surfaces throughout the park. The work will take place on U.S. Highway 89 and in other highly visited locations and include some temporary delays and closures. Work is anticipated to begin in early May and completed in September, but it is dependent upon weather conditions. The project will be funded and managed in partnership with the Federal Lands Highway Program.
 
The initial work will include patching holes and sealing cracks in the pavement surface. A contractor will then apply a chip seal or micro seal on the road surface, followed by a fog seal to reduce airborne gravel. Striping will be the final action.
 
Chip sealing is a cost-effective way to provide an improved road surface and preserve the underlying pavement. When proactive preventative maintenance activities are completed on park roads, more serious and costly damage to the pavement structure will be averted.
 
Road work will generally occur between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, including weekends. No work will be permitted Saturday through Monday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, or over the Independence Day Holiday, Wednesday afternoon through Sunday, July 3-7.
 
The chip sealing work is a rolling construction operation that will gradually proceed from south to north on U.S. Highway 89. Visitors can expect temporary delays and reduced speed limits in these mobile construction zones. Work at parking lots will be managed by sections so that a portion of the lot will always be accessible.
 
Weather permitting, work will occur at the following locations and dates listed:
 
U.S. Highway 89

South Boundary to Antelope Flats
Begin early May and complete by July
Maximum 15-minute delays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Maximum 30-minute delays from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
 
Antelope Flats to East Boundary near Moran
Completed by mid-July
Maximum 15-minute delays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Maximum 30-minute delays from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Gros Ventre Road (Kelly Road)
Completed by mid-July
Maximum 15-minute delays

Colter Bay Entrance Road
Completed by mid-July
Maximum 15-minute delays

Colter Bay Visitor Center Parking
Completed by mid-July
Work will be completed in six phases to allow for visitor parking and access.

Leeks Marina Access Road
Prior to June 15 or after September 15, or completed at night 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Maximum 15-minute delays during daytime hours
Work on the Leeks Marina Access Road and the Colter Bay Entrance Road will not be performed concurrently.
 
South Jenny Lake Access Road and Parking  
Completed by July
Work will be completed in four phases to allow for visitor parking and access.

Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center Parking
Completed by July
Work will be completed in two phases to allow for visitor parking and access.
 
Additional road preservation work may happen this summer if funding is available.  Updated road status and conditions will be available by calling the park road information line at 307-739-3682 and on the park’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

In addition to the pavement preservation work, the final phase of emergency repairs related to the June 2017 washout of the Gros Ventre Road will occur late this summer. Work is expected to begin in late July and continue into November. The work will focus on realigning the road to restore the original 45 m.p.h. speed limit and replacing the concrete barriers with a guardrail. Additional stream bank armoring will occur upstream and downstream from the work that was completed in the fall of 2017.

Traffic delays associated with this repair project will be limited to 15 minutes. Daily work will occur between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. Delays will be encountered both during the day and at night depending on the phase of the project.
 



Last updated: March 13, 2019

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