The Wyoming Department of Transportation will be making interim changes to the current configuration of the intersection at US 26/89/191 and WYO 22 and Buffalo Way, also known as the Y intersection in Jackson next year.
WYDOT would like to invite the public to attend an open house to learn more about the upcoming modifications drivers will see at the intersection. The meeting will take place Monday, November 14, at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts at 240 South Glenwood Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Interested parties can drop in anytime during the open house, WYDOT officials will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns.
The most notable changes will be dual left turns off US 26/89/191 onto WYO 22 and the addition of a right-out configuration from Buffalo Way onto US 26/89/191. This will mean that those approaching US 26/89/191 from Buffalo Way will not be allowed to continue straight through the intersection to WYO 22 or turn left onto southbound US 26/89/191.
The project was developed as an interim design to increase traffic efficiency and improve flow through the intersection until a more permanent design can be established and implemented in the future. This new design will increase pedestrian safety and traffic efficiency, while minimizing ROW impacts by working within the existing footprint.
However, models show this new design as a temporary solution. With traffic numbers continuing to increase, a more expansive alternative will be needed in 13-15 years. Due to these calculations, WYDOT will be pursuing an alternative through the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) in the future.
WYDOT officials hope to let the project next July and potentially begin work in the intersection in the fall of 2017.
WYDOT would like to remind drivers to slow down in work zones and be alert and cautious of roadside workers. For more information on road construction, closures and weather conditions, please visit http://www.wyoroad.info.