WYDOT closes WYO 70 for the season

December 4, 2019

SARATOGA, Wyo. – Wyoming Highway 70 over Battle Pass closed Monday for the season because of snowy conditions.

The exact closure is between mile marker 27 in the west and mile marker 50 in the east. Recent conditions have made it necessary to close the road for the season.

WYO 70, along with WYO 130 in the Snowy Range, is closed annually in late autumn when relatively low traffic and deep snow accumulations render plowing operations impractical.

In recent years, WYO 70 has closed on Nov. 13 in 2011, Dec. 8 in 2012, Dec. 4 in 2013, Nov. 24 in 2014, Dec. 14 in 2015, Nov. 28 in 2016, Dec. 23 in 2017 and Nov. 23 in 2018.

WYO 130 closed this year on Oct. 20, and the decision to close the road for the season was made on Oct. 29.

WYDOT crews will start working to reopen WYO 70 and 130 in the spring.

WYO 70 and WYO 130 are two of several high-elevation mountain roads in Wyoming with seasonal closures. WYO 130 tops out at more than 10,800 feet, and WYO 70 crosses the Continental Divide at the 9,955-foot Battle Pass.

For additional information about this news release, contact Aimee Inama, senior Public Affairs specialist, at (307) 777-4013.