- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

ENCAMPMENT, Wyo. (AP) - Officials are considering an early opening for a major route between Encampment and Baggs in southern Wyoming.

The Rawlins Daily Times reports (https://bit.ly/1EF9tio) Encampment resident John Farr is pushing for Battle Pass to be opened sooner in 2016, saying the route would promote tourism and connect agricultural communities.

Farr said the Wyoming Department of Transportation opens the route by June 15 at the latest, creating uncertainty as people plan travel.

Laramie-based WYDOT district engineer Pat Persson says opening the highway takes resources and money that the department doesn’t have. It costs about $30,000 annually to plow Grants Pass and Persson said an early opening would increase the cost of keeping the road open through spring and fall.

The proposal will be considered during a Thursday public meeting in Baggs.

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Information from: Rawlins (Wyo.) Daily Times, https://www.rawlinstimes.com


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