UPDATE: U.S. 14A between Lovell and Burgess Junction has opened as of Thursday, June 9, for the summer season.
Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenance crews from Lovell and Burgess Junction have battled winter weather and deep snow for weeks, but recent favorable weather has helped the crews complete snow removal efforts on the high-mountain seasonal highway, according to WyDOT District 5 Public Relations Specialist Cody Beers. Other cleanup efforts are ongoing before the road is opened for the summer.
In normal snowpack years, the high-mountain season highway usually opens prior to Memorial Day weekend. This year, however, snowpacks above 200 percent of normal and continuing bouts of winter weather have stymied snow removal efforts.
Deaver contractor EHC, LLC, completed slide repairs this week at the milepost 73.40 slide, about 27 miles east of Lovell, which dropped more than 7,500 cubic yards of mud and rock on U.S. 14A on April 18. The $275,000 emergency slide repair project took about three weeks to complete.
The annual winter closure of U.S. 14A west of Burgess Junction remains in effect until at least Friday 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.