US 26-287 Togwotee Corridor Project
The U.S. Forest Service presented WYDOT and the Federal Highway Administration with an award for outstanding partnership in the reconstruction of US 26-287 between Dubois and Moran Junction, a section of highway known as the Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone.
Joe Alexander, supervisor of the Shoshone National Forest, and Jose Castro, deputy forest supervisor for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, presented the award to Chief Engineer Del McOmie on Feb. 26.
"The excellence in design and cooperation preserved, conserved and enhanced the project's natural, scenic, visual and wildlife resource values," the award reads. "Congratulations on an outstanding new highway that will provide economic mobility, visitor access and forest management benefits for many years."
"It's an excellent project that did a great deal for changing the whole use area," Alexander said. "I think we'll see increased use of the forest and just better for those communities on both sides and the public in general."
Castro called the project a model for the future on how to approach projects in environmentally sensitive areas.
The 38-mile reconstruction was completed in five phases beginning in 2006.