Future upgrades planned for Green River Lakes and Union Pass roads

PINEDALE – The status of Green River Lakes and Union Pass roads came up for discussion at the end of the Board of County Commissioner’s Aug. 2 meeting.

Chairman Joel Bousman and commissioner Sam White summarized a meeting they attended with Pinedale District Ranger Ivan Geroy where upgrades and maintenance of the two forest roads were high on the agenda.

The current state of the roads created a “bottleneck” for moving timber sales, White said. Bousman emphasized the need for the county to work with the Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF) Regional Office to maintain both roads on a regular and ongoing basis.

Geroy confirmed the BTNF and county were in the design and engineering phase for upgrades to the Green River Lakes and Union Pass roads with completion scheduled for this winter.

The Forest Service planned to take advantage of funding opportunities through the federal Great American Outdoors Act to rebuild Green River Lakes Road, Geroy said. Repairs on Union Pass Road are included in the Forest Service’s budget, although those federal monies are not guaranteed, Geroy added.

The earliest timetable for construction to begin on upgrades to both roads is fiscal year 2024, when the projects are budgeted, Geroy explained.

The Forest Service fielded a single crew in Afton to cover the entire Bridger-Teton National Forest, and a partnership to maintain Green River Lakes and Union Pass roads with the county would be a “benefit,” Geroy said. Details on an agreement between the two entities were to be determined, he added.