SHERIDAN — Crews from the Wyoming Department of Transportation plan to close US 14A west of Burgess Junction for the winter at noon Friday.
WYDOT seasonally closes the 22-mile stretch of scenic mountain road in the Bighorn Mountains at the end of the fall hunting season.
According to WYDOT maintenance area crew supervisor Rich Hall, heavy snows and relatively light traffic during the winter months make maintenance of the mountain portion of US 14A impractical.
“The area Highway 14A passes through is known for producing huge drifts, and trying to keep it open is a losing battle,” Hall said.
Seasonal road closure gates are located at Burgess Junction (just east of milepost 98.1) and on the Lovell side of the mountain near milepost 76.04.
During the time the road is closed, motorists can use US 14 via Granite Pass and Greybull as an alternative route from Sheridan to Lovell.
WYDOT will open US 14A in the spring after crews spend a projected three weeks removing the winter snowpack on the road.
For more road and travel information, see www.wyoroad.info or call 511.