Tribal Trails Connector
The 2012 Comprehensive Plan called for a multi-modal transportation vision, which led to the development of The Integrated Transportation Plan (ITP). The ITP was adopted by the Jackson Town Council and the Teton County Board of Commissioners in September of 2015, and the development of the plan was led by a Technical Advisory Committee comprised of Town and County staff, elected officials, and representatives from WYDOT and START.
The ITP proposed strategies and made recommendations related to transit development, active transportation, transportation demand management, regional transportation planning, and major capital projects. The Tribal Trails Connector Project is included in both Group 1 and Group 4 in the major capital projects portion of the plan. Group 1 projects are intended to address lack of connectivity, redundancy, and capacity in the Highway 22 corridor from West Jackson to Highway 390, and Group 4 projects are intended to provide local connectivity.
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The Tribal Trails Road corridor was originally identified as an important community transportation link between South Park Loop Road and Highway 22 in the 1982 Rural and Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT) study. It was subsequently included in the 1991 Teton County Transportation Plan, the 1992 Indian Springs Master Plan, the 2000 Teton County Transportation Plan, the 2009 Teton County Transportation Plan, the 2012 Jackson/Teton County Comprehensive Plan, and as mentioned above, the 2015 ITP.
In addition, right-of-way for the road was granted to Teton County and secured in September 1992 as part of the master plan and platting of Indian Springs Ranch.
June 2017 - The Teton County Board of Commissioners voted to send a "Cooperative Agreement Request" letter to WYDOT to eventually serve as the basis of a contract between Teton County and WYDOT for the preliminary planning and design of Tribal Trails Road.
November 2017 - WYDOT prepared a draft cooperative agreement and submitted it to Teton County for review. Following Engineering and Legal review from Teton County, a draft with changes was returned to WYDOT for consideration.
January 2018 - WYDOT submitted a new version for consideration to Teton County. Additional changes were made by both parties, and a new draft agreement was created.
March 2018 - Teton County staff presented a proposed Cooperative Agreement between WYDOT and Teton County to participate in the construction of the Tribal Trails Connector. The Board of Commissioners voted to continue the discussion and consideration of the Agreement until April 10, 2018. The staff report and proposed Agreement from the March 20, 2018, meeting can be viewed here.
April 10, 2018 - The Board of Commissioners approved the Cooperative Agreement. The staff report and contract can be accessed here, as part of the Action Report for the meeting.
Project Charter Process
Any project of this nature requires a formal Project Charter to serve as the official, binding, publicly-vetted plan for the project. A project charter requires stakeholder oversight and a plan for public outreach. This process is outlined on page 38 of the ITP.
Will the traffic model be incorporated in this project?
Yes, the traffic model will be completed in mid-May, and will be utilized significantly as part of the project.
Does the County have control over the design process?
Yes, the Board of Commissioners have the final say and must formally approve design at two stages of the project: at the completion of the "concept design phase" and presentation of the preferred alternative, and at the completion of the "final design phase" before bidding and construction. In addition, the County can terminate the contract with WYDOT at anytime during the project for any reason with 30 days notice.
Will the members of the public have opportunities to provide input and participate in the process?
Yes, County staff is in the process of developing a public outreach plan as part of the Project Charter process that will be be presented to the Board of Commissioners. This plan will include meetings, events, and multiple methods and opportunities for members of the public to acquire information and provide input on the project. In addition, a Stakeholder Oversight Committee will be proposed and approved by the Board of Commissioners that will include members of the public to advise on the project (page 40 of the ITP). Finally, public involvement requirements in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) will be met.
Will this be a high-speed, bypass road?
Per the ITP, various factors and issues in this project will be considered, including "roadway design features that discourage or prevent cut-through traffic from using this route as a shortcut to US-26 south of Jackson by way of either South Park Loop Road or High School Road" and "roadway design features that slow traffic to safe speeds through the corridor" (page 36 of the ITP).