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Road Construction Will Cause Minor Delays Through September in Grand Teton National Park


If you find yourself in a traffic delay in Grand Teton this summer, you won't lack for gorgeous views to take in. Dave Smaldone photo of arrowleaf balsamroot flowers against the Tetons.

With long, harsh winters, and short, gorgeous summers, it's a fact of construction life in the Rockies that most road work coincides with summer vacations. And, unfortunately, that's the case in Grand Teton National Park, where a number of necessary projects could delay your travels through the park.

For instance, some of the work includes a chip seal project on Highway 89/287 that runs from the Snake River Bridge near Flagg Ranch Resort to Sargent’s Bay picnic area roughly one mile north of Leek’s Marina. You might run into delays of 15-30 minutes through this project area from July 22; however, roadwork schedules may change or be delayed due to weather, equipment malfunction, or other extenuating circumstances.

Additionally, say park officials, "significant work continues on the Teton Park Road from the junction for the Spalding Bay Road to Jackson Lake Junction on Highway 89/287 as an asphalt overlay project proceeds." This project could generate delays up to 30 minutes on weekdays from now through late September.

Starting September 1, and lasting through early November, travelers on the Pacific Creek Road south of Two Ocean Lake Road will experience 30-minute delays during weekdays, as this road gets stabilized and widened near a bend of Pacific Creek, the park reports. The road will also be closed to traffic on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents in the Pacific Creek area are being notified to plan for this daily closure.

For road construction updates throughout the summer, phone the road information hotline at 307-7393614.

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