US 14A to be Closed for Season

US Highway 14A west of Burgess Junction is scheduled to be closed for the winter at noon Tuesday.

According to a news release from the Wyoming Department of Transportation, the 22-mile stretch of road in the Big Horn Mountains is closed every year at the end of the fall hunting season.

Larry Konetzki, who is WYDOT district maintenance engineer, said heavy snows and relatively light traffic during the winter months make maintenance of the mountain portion of the highway impractical. He said the area that the highway passes through is known for producing huge drifts, and trying to keep the area open is a losing battle for WYDOT crews.

Seasonal road closure gates are located at Burgess Junction and on the Lovell side of the mountain. During the time the road is closed, motorists can use US 14 via Granite Pass and Greybull as an alternate route from Sheridan to Lovell. 14A will be opened next spring after crews spend a projected three weeks removing the winter snowpack from the road.

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