Teton County Commissioners to Submit Teton Pass Trail FLAP Grant Application

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On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Teton County Commissioners voted to submit a Federal Lands Access Program grant for the Teton Pass Trail.  The grant application in the amount of $1.4 million will be a big boost to completing the Teton Pass Trail section of the Greater Yellowstone Trail.

From the Jackson Hole News & Guide article (http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/town_county/county-seeks-m-for-road-and-pathway/article_4940fb24-c957-53cd-80b8-a5031dd979c8.html)

“Commissioners also decided to send in an application asking for up to $1.4 million in federal funding for the construction of a quarter-mile portion of pathway, from the Idaho state line to Trail Creek Campground (see map on page 2 for other planned capital projects). Teton County’s share of the project totals $133,120.

The county had previously applied for money to build that segment of the Teton Pass Centennial Trail, a project intended to build a pathway from the summit of Teton Pass to a path in Teton Valley, Idaho. But the project stalled when federal funding came in less than requested and too short to build an underpass at Trail Creek, a requirement of the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

The new application seeks more funding for the same quarter-mile but also tacks on the cost of building the underpass.

Pathways Coordinator Brian Schilling has been advocating reallocating the previously awarded half million dollars to complete the required National Environmental Policy Act study and to plan and design the entire project from summit to state line.
Schilling, along with other supporters of the project, suggested that reallocating the funds would allow the project to move forward and would boost the chances of the new application getting funded.

“It will allow us to continue working on the project for the next two to three to four years before the funding that we’re applying for now becomes available,” Schilling said.”