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Togwotee highway ribbon-cutting celebration Oct. 16

Oct 7, 2012 - From staff reports

Everyone is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting celebration of the reconstructed U.S. 26-287 west of Dubois, the Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone.

Festivities are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The ribbon-cutting celebration will be at the Togwotee Overlook, located at milepost 16.5, 16.5 miles east of Moran Junction and 39.5 miles west of Dubois.

The celebration will include an appearance by Roamin' Wyomin', the Togwotee project's construction cowboy spokesperson, a color guard of Dubois Boy Scouts, entertainment by the Dubois School Band, refreshments and of course, cutting of the red ribbon on U.S. 26-287.

"After a lot of hard work and dedication, we are excited to have the Togwotee Trail open," said Kaia Tharp, Wyoming Department of Transportation project engineer in Dubois. "We really appreciate the support the Fremont County and Teton County communities have given us, and we hope you will come help us celebrate."

Final paving of the Rosie's Ridge section of the Togwotee projects was finished Sept. 22. This milestone marked the completion of paving throughout the 38-mile highway improvement project.

The grand opening of the road over Togwotee Pass, built as a southern route to Yellowstone National Park, was Aug. 21, 1921.

"Come and celebrate the opening of the first major reconstruction of the road over Togwotee Pass since 1921," said Judy Strausberger, WYDOT public involvement specialist on the Togwotee project. "WYDOT thanks you for your support during the rebuilding of U.S. 26-287, the highway over Togwotee Pass, known as The Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone."

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