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Full Speed on Clearing the Landslide

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Wyoming Department of Transportation engineers have given the go-ahead for 24-hour, 7 day a week operations to remove the debris coming down from the active Double-Draw landslide which closed off the Snake River Canyon.  Movement of the landslide had stabilized to the point Sunday that WYDOT officials authorized their contractor to remove slide debris from U.S. Highway 26/89.  WYDOT officials had told about 50 people attending an open house Friday night they understand the importance of reopening the highway through the Snake River Canyon and are doing all they can.  Officials clarified that the event is not a mudslide because of the materials involved and the behavior of the slide.  Instead, the event is a total landslide. WYDOT Director John Cox concluded the meeting saying his department is very determined to get this road opened at the earliest possible moment.  Cox says they can make that their focus because of the cooperation here. Meanwhile, highway officials ask the public to stay outside of the barrier areas to allow construction personnel to safely operate during these non-stop removal operations.

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