Togwotee Pass Reconstruction Causes Disagreements

Jackson, WY – Disagreements continue over plans to widen U-S Highway 26-287 over Togwotee Pass between Jackson and Dubois. Business and conservation groups are both against plans to lower the speed limit from 65 miles an hour to 55, but for different reasons. Business groups say the lower speed limit will discourage truckers from using the highway and hurt local economies. Environmental groups say that although the speed limit will be lowered, plans to straighten curves and add passing lanes will only encourage faster driving and increase the risk to wildlife from collisions. Wyoming Department of Transportation officials say they originally proposed a road with a 65 mile an hour speed limit, but the design would not meet federal standards for that speed.