Togwotee Pass construction project recognized as one of the best in the country

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Department of Transportation’s seven year-long reconstruction of Highway 26/287 over Togwotee Pass is a recipient of an national transportation award. The honor was announced at the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 2014 conference in Albuquerque, NM.

WYDOT’s Togwotee Pass project was recognized in the Best Use of Innovation for a medium sized project. The small project honoree was the South Dakota’s DOT for an I-90 interchange reconstruction and CalTrans’ San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span project was the large project honoree.

The $136-million Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone project began in 2006 and totaled just over 38 miles of reconstruction from west of Dubois to Grand Teton National Park and included the widening of the highway and shoulders, construction of passing lanes and additional turnouts, wildlife mitigation, wetlands restoration, a new bridge and improved drainage.

“The America’s Transportation Awards competition showcases the exceptional, innovative and diverse range of transportation projects by state transportation departments that are improving travel and the quality of life in America, even during a time of funding uncertainty,” said Mike Hancock, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials president and secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. “These awards not only give state DOTs recognition for their hard work and incredible results, but also highlight the need for stability as the federal Highway Trust Fund continues its decline toward critical levels. These projects reflect a commitment to the nation’s future and the need for continued investment in the transportation systems upon which we all depend.”

Twenty-nine transportation projects from 15 western states were nominated in those categories.

A pickup and camper drive the new Togwotee Pass highway near the Breccia Cliffs west of Dubois. (File Photo)

A pickup and camper drive the new Togwotee Pass highway near the Breccia Cliffs west of Dubois. (File Photo)