A bridge replacement project now underway on Union Pass Road will prevent motorists from taking through trips over the mountain pass between the Wind River and Gros Ventre ranges for three weeks.
The bridge that’s being swapped out is a relatively small one, passing over Tosi Creek. Contracted construction crews began work Wednesday.
“This closure will affect through traffic along this route, and will also prevent travelers coming from the Dubois side from refueling in Cora,” the Bridger-Teton National Forest announced in a statement. “Contractors will make every effort to shorten the closure duration, however it is likely that all three weeks will be needed for this closure.”
The tentative reopening of the road connecting Dubois and Pinedale is Aug. 21.
In the meantime, anyone traveling onto Union Pass Road from the Dubois side is advised to have plenty of fuel, water and a map. The 45-mile-long, slow-going road is still accessible on both sides, including on the Pinedale end for the first 3.5 miles until it hits Tosi Creek.