Union Pass

Mountain bikers navigate a two-track road in the Union Pass area in 2015. The main road through the area cannot be used as a through route from Pinedale to Dubois for the next three weeks. 

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.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or env@jhnewsandguide.com.

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them for 7 years. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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