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The Wyoming Department of Transportation has made it clear that it wants no part of Teton Pass going forward and will be ceding the territory to Idaho.

WYDOT to ITD: "It's your problem now." 

After an especially trying winter in which avalanches often blocked one or both lanes of Highway 22 and backcountry users, undaunted, continued to exercise what they viewed as their unalienable right to access fresh powder, the State of Wyoming has begun proceedings to divest itself of the treacherous mountain pass.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation released a statement supporting the decision to cede Teton Pass, reasoning that the daily flow of commuting traffic over Teton Pass is composed mostly of Idaho residents anyway. WYDOT added that the cost of plowing, controlling the pass for avalanches, and enforcing the no-trailer law is a burden to the state.

“It’s just a lot of trouble without much reward,” said WYDOT spokesperson Brice Nagel.

The biggest hurdle in the process will be physically moving the state line. Engineers are now hammering out plans to short haul the state line, which they say is deceptively heavy, using several transport helicopters from its current location outside of Victor to just over the pass next to Wilson. The exact coordinates of the state line’s final resting place have not yet been determined.

When asked whether the decision to move the state line would affect Alta, Nagel said, “Oh shoot, we forgot about Alta.”