It has been estimated that 1 in 5 workers in the Star Valley area commutes north to Jackson Hole for employment opportunities. That large group already fights an increased traffic flow that has swelled over the last decade. With a winter season in 2016-17 that brutalized U.S. Highway 89, crews are now starting the long arduous repair process between Hoback Junction and the Town of Alpine.
According to the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) “The Wyoming Department of Transportation, with contract crews from Cannon Builders Inc., are initiating work in the Hoback Junction with the replacement of the bridge over the Hoback River on Teton County Road 33, also known as Hoback Junction South Road. Residents will see crews and equipment mobilizing to place a temporary, single-lane bridge downstream and adjacent to the current bridge. After traffic is moved to the temporary bridge, work will then begin on the new bridge. Delays will be used as needed and crews will do their best to keep them to 15 minutes or less. Drivers are reminded to plan accordingly for potential delays.”
In addition, a second section of the commute will be affected between mile posts 144 and 149 with “grading, draining, milling plant mix, removal and replacement of structures, concrete box culverts, placing crushed base and bituminous pavement surfacing, plant mix wearing course, electrical and sewer systems, and miscellaneous.”