JACKSON, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Transportation has concluded that building a tunnel under Teton Pass would be too expensive to justify looking into the idea any further.
The two-lane tunnel would be 1.4 miles long and could make it safer for people to commute over the pass in the wintertime.
A report estimates the tunnel would cost about $260 million. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that's the same amount Wyoming spent on road construction all of last year.
After the tunnel is built, maintaining it would cost $500,000 a year.
Jackson Hole resident and former chamber of commerce director Steve Duerr says the tunnel remains a good idea.
He says the tunnel would improve safety while preventing avalanches from shutting down the road during the winter.