Teton Pass reopening Friday

After about three weeks of around-the-clock construction, the temporary detour is constructed and ready to open.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation will continue to monitor movement on the stetch of roadway on Teton Pass. (Courtesy of WYDOT)

After three weeks of around-the-clock work, the Wyoming Department of Transportation announced that Teton Pass will reopen at midday Friday.

The about 600-foot detour navigates around a section of roadway that collapsed from a landslide in early June. Traffic will be reduced to 20 miles per hour, a weight restriction will be implemented and trailer traffic will be allowed.

Crews completing the final touches of the detour including striping the roadway and placing concrete barriers. (Courtesy of WYDOT)

Scott Evans works with the Jackson-based contractor Evans Construction which was awarded the nearly half-million dollar contract to construct the detour.

“It’s like we’re torn apart as a family and you want to put that back together,” Evans said.

Construction on the rebuild of the “Big Fill” section of the important highway corridor is expected to begin in August with the completion date slated for November, before winter storms hit.

Initial estimates say the detour and rebuild together will cost about $30 million.

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