Teton County pauses worker camp discussion

Worker camp

Teton County Commissioners hit the pause button on a temporary worker camp being proposed by the Wyoming Transportation Department to house employees that will replace the Snake River Bridge.

The Highway Department has proposed using a parcel of land on the Snake River to construct a housing camp to be used this summer.

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Commissioners had drafted a letter to the Bureau of Land Management in support of WYDOT’s proposal. When the item came up for a vote at Tuesday’s meeting, they heard public comment in opposition to the camp. They decided to gather more information on possible alternative locations and on wastewater handling for the housing.

Stilson property considered for worker camp

Orion Hatch, executive director of the Snake River Fund, voiced concerns that other locations had been passed over. He suggested the agency use the Stilson property owned by Teton County on the corner of Highway 22 and Highway 390.

There had been initial consideration of utilizing Stilson Park but required use permits would take 6 to12 months to complete. Given WYDOT’s timeline, they pursued the use permit on the BLM parcel.

This land has been used for the past several years by WYDOT contractors to stage and stockpile for the re-construction of South Highway 89.

Future recreational improvements

They had been planning to vacate this site and give it the County for the South Park Landing project.  The planned recreational improvements are not currently budgeted in the near term.

Commissioners are gathering more information and will take up discussion on the item on January 9th

WYDOT will continue to use this site to support the Snake River Bridge/22-390 intersection/wildlife crossings construction projects.