U.S. 14A spring opening  scheduled for Thursday

Maintenance crews from Lovell and Northwest Wyoming worked this past week to clear snow from U.S. Highway 14A in the Big Horn Mountains between Lovell and Burgess Junction.

Maintenance crews from Lovell and Northwest Wyoming worked this past week to clear snow from U.S. Highway 14A in the Big Horn Mountains between Lovell and Burgess Junction.

 The annual spring opening of U.S. 14A between Burgess Junction and Lovell is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 22.

 “We’ve broken through to the Burgess Junction side of the mountain. We’re cleaning up the roadway, fixing the major road slide area on our side of the mountain, and we’ve been battling snow drifts on the mountain,” said Jason Fleming, Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenance foreman in Lovell. “We’ll have more maintenance work to do on the roadway and the slide after Thursday’s opener.”

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.

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