CHEYENNE, Wyo - U.S. 14A's annual fall roadway closure between Lovell and Burgess Junction happens at noon Monday, Nov. 26, following heavy snow this past weekend and a month of winter, which led to drifting snow and poor visibility between Lovell and Burgess Junction.
U.S. 14A's annual winter closure today comes about a week ahead of the normal Dec. 1 closure.
"It's winter on the Bighorn Mountains," said Jason Fleming, Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenanceforeman in Lovell. "Heavy snow, winter weather and slick roads present safety concerns for snow plow drivers and travelers on this high-mountain highway. Between the whiteouts and drifting and icy roads, closing the highway today is the right decision."
A handful of elk hunters are still using U.S. 14A. Elk season closes Friday, Nov. 30. The closure will limit hunters' ability to access the mountainin vehicles.
The annual fall closure of U.S. 14A,west of Burgess Junction, is in effect at milepost 76.04 on the Lovell side of the Big Horn Mountains. The seasonal road closure at Burgess Junction is just east of milepost 98.1.
WYDOT annually closes this 22-mile stretch of scenic mountain road in the Bighorn Mountains of north-central Wyoming about Dec. 1 at the conclusion of the fall hunting season. It usually opens by Memorial Day weekend.