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Slow landslide wipes out one lane of Chief Joseph Highway

May 12, 2017 - From wire reports

CODY (AP) -- The northbound lane of Chief Joseph Scenic Highway has continued to slide downhill.

The lane has been sliding down the slope since March.

Wyoming Department of Transportation District Engineer Pete Hallsten of Basin says the lane is lost, but two-way traffic has been maintained.

The ditch has been filled in on the uphill side of the highway to provide adequate width for two lanes.

The slide is located near Dead Indian Creek, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Chief Joseph's intersection with state Highway 120.

Hallsten said the long-term repair of the slide "is now beyond what we could do with our maintenance crews. (WYDOT) Geology is still mapping this slide to determine how big it is and what is causing it. We still have not determined what it will take to stabilize the slide and repair the road.

We believe this could be a small failure within a giant ancient landslide."

Hallsten said the long-term repair of the slide "is now beyond what we could do with our maintenance crews. (WYDOT) Geology is still mapping this slide to determine how big it is and what is causing it. We still have not determined what it will take to stabilize the slide and repair the road. We believe this could be a small failure within a giant ancient landslide."

He says the department's geology team is still mapping the slide to determine how big it is and what is causing it.
 

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