Hwy 14A Closes Early
Written by andrew-rossi on November 27, 2018
U.S. Highway 14A’s annual fall roadway closure between Lovell and Burgess Junction happened yesterday at noon.
Following heavy snow this past weekend and a month of winter, which led to drifting snow and poor visibility between Lovell and Burgess Junction, WYDOT made the decision to close the road on Monday, Nov. 26th, about a week ahead of the normal December 1st closure.
Jason Fleming, Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenance foreman in Lovell, declared it to be officially winter on the Bighorn Mountains, with heavy snow, winter weather and slick roads presenting safety concerns for snow plow drivers and travelers.
A handful of elk hunters are still using highway 14A, according to WYDOT, as elk season doesn’t close until Friday, Nov. 30. The closure will limit hunters’ ability to access the mountain in vehicles.
The annual fall closure of the highway west of Burgess Junction is in effect at milepost 76 on the Lovell side of the Big Horn Mountains, through just east of milepost 98. It usually opens by Memorial Day weekend.