Road construction crews resurfacing Highway 89 through Grand Teton National Park are unexpectedly picking up their gear and moving to the southern entrance of Yellowstone.
The original plan for the chip seal project, which the park calls “pavement preservation,” was to work from Teton park’s southern entrance in a northerly direction, ending at Yellowstone. Managers of the monthslong $4.5 million project evidently thought better of that initial plan because of the steep drop-off in temperature come late summer.
“Work is currently taking place between the Jackson Hole Airport and Antelope Flats Road, just north of Moose Junction,” the park announced in a statement. “When this section is completed, road construction crews will relocate to the South Gate of Yellowstone National Park and begin working south toward Moran.
“The change in work location is necessary in order to accommodate the shorter warm weather season in the northern reaches of the park.”
Highway 89 construction is taking place between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. While workers are at it, traffic is limited to one lane of travel, causing up to 30-minute delays.
A less-intensive “fog seal” project that’s underway on the Gros Ventre Road is set to be completed by next week. Final repairs to fix a 2017 washout of the road will commence later this month.
For the latest on construction activities in Grand Teton, call the park’s road information hotline at 739-3682.