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Sheriff's Office takes steps to reduce local traffic

Sheriff's Office takes steps to reduce local traffic

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The Teton County Sheriff's Office is working on multiple initiatives to help reduce traffic in Jackson Hole. Starting on July 5, 2016, the Teton County Sheriff's Office is going to implement new summer hours for their administrative office. Sheriff Jim Whalen, who is a part of a community traffic mitigation committee, made the decision based on the premise that as a community, "we have to start somewhere" in order to deal with the increasing traffic problem. "A lot of people have said we need to change the way we do things as a community but it doesn't seem to have created a significant cause for action," he said. The sheriff also recognized this change will only take a limited number of cars off the road at the peak traffic hour of 5:00 p.m. but said, " it's a start." The new summer hours will mean the sheriff's office will be open to the public for administrative assistance between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. No other part of the sheriff's office operation will be affected in terms of emergency services personnel. The summer hours are expected to change back 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting October 1, 2016. The other matter concerning traffic mitigation will be the receipt of two new large electronic message boards. Strategically located, the sheriff's office, along with the Town of Jackson and the Wyoming Department of Transportation wants to keep the motoring public informed of peak travel times, expected delays and other related traffic notices. "If we continually inform the public that the peak traffic times are between consistent hours, then perhaps the motoring public will opt to change the times they choose to travel; no one wants to spend a lot of time hung up in traffic," said Sheriff Whalen. The signs were purchased through this year's budget for roughly $16,000 dollars apiece. Teton County Road and Levee purchased one sign and the sheriff's office purchased the other. The signs are due to arrive within two weeks. #buckrail #news