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The Wyoming Department of Transportation began paving May 10 at the “Y” intersection at Broadway and Highway 22. Traffic backed up nearly to Wilson during some parts of the day. PHOTO BY AMBER BAESLER via ORIJIN MEDIA

A new study examines whether traffic congestion in Teton County is affecting air quality.

Scientists at Inversion Labs measured air quality during winter and summer at sites throughout Teton County, from Town Square to the snowmobile Hill Climb at Snow King.

According to the report, winter and summer results showed mostly “clean” air quality at all sites, despite increased summer traffic volumes.

“The overall volume of vehicles is insufficient to significantly impact ozone and particulate matter concentrations at roadside locations,” the report’s executive summary says.

It found that regional wildfire smoke “presents the greatest measured impact” to overall air quality and public health.

The public can learn about the study and its findings at a presentation at noon Thursday in Teton County Library’s Ordway Auditorium.

The Teton Conservation District funded the study with matching funds from Teton County, Friends of Pathways, Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities, the Environmental Health Trust, the Willie Neal Environmental Fund, Energy Conservation Works and Wyoming Controls.

Contact Allie Gross at 732-7063, county@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGcounty.

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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