Highway 89 pathway gets stimulus money
By Cara Froedge, Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Date: March 23, 2009
A Teton County pathway project will receive $300,000 to complete a route from Jackson to the Gros Ventre River in Grand Teton National Park.
On Thursday, the Wyoming Department of Transportation Commission approved $300,000 of federal economic stimulus money for the first phase of the pathway along Highway 89 north of Jackson.
Tim Young, director of Friends of Pathways, said the stimulus money likely will provide the final funding needed to finish the path. Teton County has won competitive federal grants totaling $3 million, but Young said that money was just shy of what it will take to finish the project.
“This stimulus funding helps bridge the gap,” he said.
Congress recently awarded $1.9 million for this fiscal year to finish the pathway from Moose to the Gros Ventre River in Grand Teton National Park.
Young said pedestrians may see one continuous pathway from town to Moose completed by fall 2010.
The county just closed a public comment on the environmental assessment of the Highway 89 pathway.
The plan is to build the six-mile pathway on the east side of Highway 89.