Crews from the Wyoming Department of Transportation are closing U.S. 14-A west of Burgess Junction for the winter today, Tuesday, Nov. 22.
The seasonal closure comes a week earlier than normal.
“High winds are causing drifting snow to close the road,” said Robin Nichols, WYDOT area maintenance supervisor in Basin. “We’ve already got five-foot drifts on each side of U.S. 14-A on the mountain. The only thing keeping it open right now are our snow plows.”
WYDOT traditionally closes this 22-mile stretch of scenic mountain road in the Big Horn Mountains of north-central Wyoming at the end of the fall hunting season, or about Nov. 30.
“We close the road seasonally as a safety precaution. This decision ties in with our mission of providing a safe, high quality and efficient transportation system for the citizens of Wyoming,” said Nichols.
Seasonal road closure gates are located at Burgess Junction (just east of milepost 98.1) and on the Lovell side of the mountain near milepost 76.04.
During the time the road is closed, motorists can use U.S. 14 via Granite Pass and Greybull as an alternative route from Sheridan to Lovell.
WYDOT will open U.S. 14-A next spring after crews spend a projected three weeks to remove the winter snowpack on the road.