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U.S. 14A opens at noon today, May 21

Date: 05/21/2013 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 21, 2013

 
U.S. 14A opens at noon today, May 21
 
The annual spring opening of U.S. 14A from Burgess Junction to Lovell is a day later than scheduled due to a spring snowstorm this past weekend, but the good news is it will officially open for the summer at noon today, May 21.
 
The road was scheduled to open Monday, May 20 at noon, but due to inclement weather on the mountain, the opening was delayed to today, May 21, at noon, depending on favorable weather.

"We've been battling snow drifts on the mountain, and we had a plow truck stuck in the snow this morning," said Jim Thomas late Tuesday morning.

Thomas is the Wyoming Department of Transportation's maintenance foreman in Lovell.

"Several vehicles drove around the road-closed gates yesterday and got stuck in the snow, too," Thomas added. "But things are mostly clear now, and depending on favorable weather, we should be able to stay open for the summer."

The annual winter closure of U.S. 14A, west of Burgess Junction, is at milepost 76.04 on the Lovell side of the Big Horn Mountains. The seasonal road closure at Burgess Junction is just east of milepost 98.1. WYDOT annually closes this 22-mile stretch of scenic mountain road in the Big Horn Mountains of north-central Wyoming about Nov. 30 at the conclusion of the fall hunting season. It usually opens for the summer by Memorial Day weekend.

 

MEDIA: For questions about this news release, contact WYDOT District 5 public relations specialist Cody Beers.

 

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