Strong winds and poor visibility, on top of a projected 5-to-8 inches of snowfall and blizzard-like conditions forecasted for the weekend, has prompted the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) to close U.S.14A in the Big Horns for the season, beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.
According to WYDOT highway maintenance supervisor Dustin Hockett of Sheridan, heavy snows and relatively light traffic during the winter months makes snow removal of the mountain portion of this road extremely difficult.
“With the impending snowstorm coming this weekend, and high winds causing drifting near Observation Point, it has become impractical to maintain the roadway,” Hockett said in a release.
WYDOT crews will make one final sweep of the U.S.14A route to make sure the road is clear before closing the gates for the season, located at Burgess Junction (just east of milepost 98.1) and on the Lovell side of the mountain near milepost 76.04.
During this seasonal closure, WYDOT suggests motorists use US 14 via Granite Pass and Greybull to travel to and from Sheridan or Lovell. Motorists are encouraged to check current road conditions for this route before departing by either calling 5-1-1, downloading the WYO511 app, or going online to www.wyoroad.info.
WYDOT will open US 14A on or before Memorial Day weekend in May 2020.