Wyoming Department of Transportation

Crews reopen Chief Joseph Scenic Highway after major blizzard

December 22, 2016


Wyoming Department of Transportation crews were able to fully open Wyoming 296 (Chief Joseph Scenic Highway) about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Heavy snow and blowing snow closed the highway Saturday, Dec. 17. Using a snow blower, WYDOT began attempting to reopen the 45-mile mountain highway between Wyoming 120, north of Cody, and the Beartooth Highway (U.S. 212).

"We made it to Sunlight Creek bridge at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, with one lane open. That allowed anyone to travel out of there," said WYDOT area supervisor Robin Nichols of Basin. "The traffic was one way until about 6 p.m. when both lanes were clear and the road was officially reopened."


photo from plow cab