Highway 22 pathway tunnel construction

Commuters alternate moving through a one-lane closure Wednesday at the Trail Creek Campground on Highway 22 just east of the Wyoming/Idaho border. Construction crews have begun work installing a tunnel under the road as part of a pedestrian and bike pathway. For more, see story on page 2.

Drivers crossing Teton Pass on Highway 22 should be prepared for some delays, as construction work on the Teton Pass Trail, a pedestrian and bicycle pathway over the pass into Idaho, has resumed.

According to Wyoming Department of Transportation spokesperson Stephanie Harsha, the work being done will connect the Teton Pass Trail to the Centennial Trail in Idaho. Harsha said the work extends about a mile into Wyoming on the north side of the highway, ending at Trail Creek Campground.

The project is being overseen by the Western Federal Lands Highway Division, and the contract was awarded to a construction company out of Idaho Falls, Idaho, said Wyoming Pathways Executive Director Tim Young on Wednesday.

Rodney “Blaine” Johnson, the project engineer with the Western Federal Lands Highway Division, was not able to be reached Wednesday.

“What’s being worked on right now is there is an underpass planned at Mike Harris [Campground] on the Idaho section, and then there’s the second underpass that’s planned at Trail Creek Campground,” Young said. “So the contractor is going to be installing bicycle/pedestrian underpasses for the highway there.

“It will access the two campgrounds, so that’ll be very good to have that safe underpass for people that are biking or walking, and the people that are staying at the campgrounds will have a great way to be able to access the town of Victor or other recreation destinations by their bike if they want to.”

Young said he understands this stretch will be completed by June, and the next portion connecting Trail Creek to Coal Creek will be designed and constructed using BUILD Grant funds won by Teton County and several other partners in Wyoming and Idaho.

Though there’s more work to do, it looks like the vision of connecting the communities of Jackson and Driggs, Idaho, with a safe pathway is coming together, Young said.

“It’s very exciting,” he said.

Contact Tim Woods at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

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