Date: May 16, 2014
From Monday, May 19, through June 30, a temporary public closure will be in effect for Schwabacher Landing Road, parking lot, and surrounding area that provides direct access to the eastbank of the Snake River from Highway 26/89/191 (Hwy 89). The area closure is necessary to ensure public safety during construction activities that involve large trucks and heavy machinery. This construction project will repair and pave the upper (.3 mile) portion of Schwabacher Landing Road.
The area closure begins a quarter mile south of the Hwy 89 intersection with Schwabacher Landing Road. The temporary closure includes the road itself, as well as the parking lot near the eastbank of the Snake River; it extends northward along the Snake River and continues eastward to include Teton Point Overlook on Hwy 89.
No pedestrian access to the Snake River or parking along the shoulder of Hwy 89 between the Schwabacher Landing intersection and Teton Point Overlook will be permitted during the construction project.
Other area closures along Hwy 89 include Teton Point Turnout and Blacktail Ponds Overlook. These wayside turnouts will be closed while an overlay project is taking place on Hwy 89 between the Antelope Flats Road junction and Cunningham Cabin, just south of Spread Creek—a distance of 10.5 miles. Glacier Point Turnout and Snake River Overlook on Hwy 89 will remain open with periodic construction closures throughout the summer.
Through the Hwy 89 overlay project area, motorists should expect 30-minute delays, 7-days a week from June –September. Visitors are also advised to drive slowly and be alert for large, slow moving equipment.
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