Note to self: Plan for travel delays while driving through Grand Teton National Park this summer.
That's a note others heading north to south, or south to north, through Grand Teton this summer will want to make for planning purposes. Park officials say that several road repair and rehabilitation projects will be underway that will result in varying traffic delays within Grand Teton National Park and the adjacent John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Motorists should expect these projects to begin in early May and last through October or November in some cases.
Highway 26/89/191 (Hwy 89): An overlay project will be underway on 10.5 miles of Highway 89 between Craighead Hill, approximately one mile north of Moose Junction, and Cunningham Cabin that lies north of Triangle X Ranch. Expect 30-minute delays, seven days per week from June'September.
Because regular delays are expected, motorists should plan for extra time to reach their destination, or choose to travel the Teton Park Road to avoid the construction area altogether. Blacktail Ponds Overlook and the Teton Point Turnout will be closed May'September to accommodate this project. Periodic closures of other parking areas within the project area will occur during specific construction activities.
Schwabacher Landing Road: This auxiliary road will be closed from May'June while a paving project is underway from Hwy 89 to the bottom of the hill (.3 mile). For public safety during the construction period, neither vehicle travel nor pedestrian/bike access will be allowed on the Schwabacher Road or the parking area near Schwabacher landing due to the presence of heavy construction equipment.
Gros Ventre Road: An overlay project will take place from Kelly Warm Springs to the east park boundary in July with 15-minute delays possible.
Phase 3 Pathway: Construction of the third segment of pathways in Grand Teton National Park will occur adjacent to Hwy 89 from Moose Junction to Antelope Flats Junction (1.2 miles) from August 2014 through October 2015. Further information will be provided as the construction time nears; however, motorists can expect some delays during the fall 2014 construction phase.
Pacific Creek Road: A culvert will be replaced on this road causing 20-minute delays during mid-June.
Hightway 89, North Park Road, Teton Park Road, Jenny Lake scenic loop, and associated parking areas: Annual striping projects will be underway during May, with minimal delays possible.
Construction schedules may change or be delayed due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Visitors are encouraged to call the road conditions line at 307-739-3614 or stop at park visitor centers for current and specific information. The park's newspaper, Grand Teton Guide, includes a road construction map and can be found online at www.nps.gov/grte or picked up at any park visitor center or entry station.