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Teton Pass Corridor Study

We want to hear from you! FHWA will be hosting a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 to introduce the study effort and gather feedback on issues and challenges along the Teton Pass Corridor.

Teton Pass Corridor Study
Virtual Public Meeting #1
Date and Time:
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
6 PM to 7:30 PM (MST)

Meeting URL: https://usdot.zoomgov.com/j/1605349404?pwd=LzdWdDVkdnlsOVVRNXRHcHBoYW5QZz09
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Introduction

Situated at the southern end of the Teton Range, the Teton Pass Highway offers a critical connection for commuters and recreationists traveling from Victor, Idaho and Jackson, Wyoming. The route is characterized by steep mountainous topography with severe weather conditions in winter months, which requires constant avalanche monitoring and maintenance by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT). The Teton Pass Highway passes through significant federal landholdings, including the Caribou-Targhee and Bridger Teton National Forests, and offers access to multiple high use trailheads for year-round recreational opportunities. The corridor also serves as a critical commuter route and facilitates the transport of goods and services that are lifelines to the growing regional economies in Wyoming and Idaho. Recreational uses often complicate WYDOT’s mission of keeping the road safe and clear for travelers.

Click here to see current travel conditions on WY 22 (mile marker 11.2) at the Teton Pass summit.

Scope

The purpose of this Corridor Study is to assess the existing and future conditions of the Teton Pass Highway in Wyoming, with special attention paid to multimodal safety issues and addressing recreational impacts along the Corridor to support a quality user experience in both National Forests. Findings from this study will include a range of improvement options for addressing travel demand management, safety, and access. Many other planning initiatives are underway in the Greater Yellowstone Area. This study will synthesize the findings and recommendations related to the Teton Pass from those efforts to better understand the many transportation needs of the region. The final Corridor Study will include a range of transportation improvement options that Teton County, WY and its partners can reference as funding becomes available.

The key tasks are to:

  1. Summarize the existing transportation conditions of the Teton Pass Highway, with an emphasis on safety;
  2. Conduct public outreach with residents of Jackson, WY and other key stakeholders to understand the issues of importance to users of the Teton Pass Highway;
  3. Complete an analysis of corridor management scenarios to determine the potential impacts of various transportation improvement options;
  4. Compile the data, analysis, and findings of the previous tasks into a Teton Pass Corridor Study final report.

How to Engage

The Teton Pass Corridor Study’s anticipated timeline is approximately 12 months (September 2021 through September 2022), with engagement opportunities occurring throughout the duration of the planning process. In addition to virtual and in-person public meetings, a feedback form is available for interested stakeholders and members of the public to offer questions, comments, and concerns related to the corridor study. Please click here to complete the feedback form. To stay up to date on the project, visit this project page regularly or contact Project Manager, Hagen Hammons, for more information.

Project Documents

For a printable version two-page project briefing, click the link below. As the Study progresses, new documents and materials will be added here.

Photo of snowy road conditions

Photo courtesy of Barry Macintosh (JH News & Guide)