Teton Pass parking lot

After only partially plowing the brake-check area at the top of Teton Pass after last weekend’s early season snowfall, WYDOT had plowed the full area as of Thursday morning.

The top pullout on Teton Pass is back in play.

The patch of asphalt that sits at the pass's crest, straddling the divide between Mount Glory and the pass’s prominent, southern backcountry area, will be "open to public parking on Nov. 15," according to a press release from the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

That's a change from Monday, when a WYDOT official told the Teton County Board of County Commissioners that parking in the area would be "restricted" through the end of the November and potentially longer while the department worked to complete the truck arrestor on the east side of the pass.

The idea was to continue using that pullout as a brake check area for commercial vehicles, like the trailers that are allowed over the pass in spring, summer and fall.

But some county commissioners, backcountry skiers themselves, and members of the skiing public questioned why the brake check area was at the top of the 2,000-plus-foot pass, where there's no easy way down on either the east or west sides. WYDOT was apparently amenable to that line of questioning.

"Once the trailer restriction is in place, we are OK with moving the brake check area to the weigh station,” Interim District Engineer Tory Thomas said in the press release.

That means the brake check station will be moved to the weigh station near the Wyoming-Idaho state line on the west side of the pass.

This is a developing story. Pick up a copy of the Jackson Hole Daily for more.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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