Log truck blows through arrestor

A truck that blew through the arrestor on Teton Pass teeters on the retaining wall next to the highway. The incident prompted the Wyoming Department of Transportation to indefinitely close the arrestor and investigate why the “catch-net” system failed.

Teton Pass will close to eastbound trailer traffic a month early this year, a Wyoming Department of Transportation press release said.

The early closure comes as the Teton Pass vehicle arrestor has been out of commission since an accident Sept. 10, when it failed to stop a pickup carrying a trailer of logs. That accident is still under investigation.

On Sept. 30, with the arrestor closed, an apparently overweight potato truck plowed into WYDOT’s sand shed.

Usually, the pass closes to trailer traffic Nov. 15. This year, the closure will go into effect Oct. 15, lasting through April 1.

“We wanted to give the public time to get the information and make whatever arrangements they may need to,” WYDOT spokesperson Stephanie Harsha said. For instance, some people may need to haul trailers or RVs across the pass for storage.

Westbound trailers will be allowed to travel the pass, barring weather closures, until the typical Nov. 15 date.

“Our concerns lie mostly with the eastbound traffic on the east side of the pass, given the steep grade, topography and accident history,” WYDOT District Engineer Keith Compton said in a statement.

Wyoming Highway Patrol will strictly enforce the trailer restriction as well as weight restrictions, the release said.

A runaway-truck ramp a mile up from the vehicle arrestor remains open for use.

Violators of the closure are subject to fines.

Contact Allie Gross at 732-7063 or county@jhnewsandguide.com.

Allie Gross covers Teton County government. Originally from the Chicago area, she joined the News&Guide in 2017 after studying politics and Spanish at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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(1) comment

Travis Eva

That was predictable. Someone from far away piles up their rig on the pass and the local contractors, trying to finish their seasonal work, causing no problems, get punished for it. Thanks wydot, like your failed sandshed, truck arrestor, and incoherent signage, this too is poorly conceived. Can we hire an outside contractor to manage Teton Pass?


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