A road running between Jackson and the Grand Targhee Ski Resort needs to be upgraded for the sake of Teton County's economy, according to the owner of the resort.

Morey Bergmeyer said there is a tremendous amount of commerce flowing between Idaho and Jackson, so the Wyoming Highway Department should upgrade the pass from a secondary road."That's important for Jackson right now because of the employment problem," he said.

People who travel from the Jackson area both to ski and work at the resort have to drive across the pass, Bergmeyer noted, so it's time to stop thinking of the route as a secondary road.

"I just think it's a significant economic piece of the equation of this part of the state," he said. "I really think it's very, very important. When the pass closed last year there was a significant drop in the people over here."