Teton County will meet September 14th to consider adopting the Integrated Transportation Plan. The widely encompassing plan tries to forecast out to 2035 and discover ways to improve transportation.
The revised version of the plan still includes the controversial road saying, “The Tribal Trails Connector will serve several functions. It will provide much-needed direct connectivity between South Park and WY-22 west of Jackson. As such, it will provide redundancy for emergency services and general traffic and will improve local connectivity between South Park and all of Teton County west of Jackson. It will reduce future traffic through the “Y” Intersection (WY-22/US-26), reducing the future footprint required for expansion of that intersection. The project will be designed according to a project development and chartering process described in Chapter 5 of the ITP and according to more specific guidance provided in Appendix L. In particular, Appendix L addresses features to improve safety and prevent cut-through traffic. Network analysis will include modeling or simulation of traffic flows for different alternatives and combinations of alternatives, using current traffic data and forecasts.”
That topic has created much public comment on both the yay and nay sides, but has remained in the plan all along. Planners do not specifically recommend a roundabout at the “Y” intersection, suggesting that the Tribal Trails Connector would need to be built first.
Adoption of the plan would not guarantee any project including Tribal Trails. The plan says,“This ITP is designed as a blueprint for Town and County priorities and timing. Local staff will work on implementation and future budget requests will include the costs of implementing Action Plan elements. Future capital improvement plans will include capital projects identified in the ITP. Coordination with WyDOT will be guided by the ITP. Finally, START system development – capital and operations – will be guided by the ITP. However, throughout the implementation process the elected boards will continue to have control over specific project decisions and budgets through an open, transparent process that supports public involvement and consultation.”
The plan is available HERE.