Specifically, the Coal Creek culverts, located 3.3 miles east of Wyoming Highway 89, will be replaced with a bridge structure. In addition, a new bridge structure will be installed across Little Muddy Creek, 4.6 miles east of Highway 89. Although the road will usually be passable during construction, there will likely be temporary delays. Managers are recommending that ranchers, landowners, anglers and others try to avoid using this section of the road during this time period.
This work is the first phase of a large-scale project designed to improve road function and safety while reducing the amount of sediment in both Coal Creek and the Thomas Fork (Salt Creek). It will also improve habitat connectivity for native Bonneville cutthroat trout by allowing passage of the fish, and other aquatic species, up and down the stream. The entire project calls for similar work at nine additional sites along this road over the next several years.
For more information about the Coal Creek Sediment Reduction and Stabilization project, or for suggestions of alternate recreation locations or routes, please contact Game and Fish Pinedale Habitat Biologist Floyd Roadifer at 307-367-4347 or BLM Lands and Realty Specialist Kelly Lamborn at 307-828-4505.