Home » Jackson Hole »KJAX 93.3FM »KMTN 96.9FM »KSGT ESPN »KZJH 95.3FM »State of Wyoming »Teton County » Currently Reading:

MEAD: One Lane Of US 89 May Open Soon

Mead Meeting

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead Monday toured the massive landslide in the Snake River Canyon that has kept US Highway 26/89 closed for more than a week.  Mead says while he has seen photos of the slide, he was awed by its magnitude when he saw it in person.  Mead says he and highway officials went almost to the top of the slide and hiked to the other side.  Says Mead, “it strikes you how massive it is.”  Mead says he was also impressed that in addition to the amount of earth that has moved, massive amounts of water have has flowed through there.  Mead says he has been told crews may have to move 200-cubic yards of material to reopen the road.  Mead also points to the commuters from Lincoln County who have to commute a long distance now.  In Mead’s words, “With the price of fuel, its an expense to them, it’s an inconvenience and it’s also added traffic –there’s a danger element to it.”  The good news, says Mead, is that excellent progress is being made now clearing the debris off the road, and conditions permitting, traffic could move through there again soon. Mead says there is even an estimate that one lane could be open in the canyon as early as this weekend.  However he quickly adds a word of caution that with the water still flowing at the site, it is uncertain whether materials could continue to slide dashing those hopes.  Mead says with tourism season upon us now, the state wants to make sure it does all it can to have the road open when tourism is at its height. However, he says, Mother Nature has to cooperate.  At the same time, Mead says the state travel commission is promoting that the popular tourism activities in this part of the state are still readily accessible.  Mead says the department has been talking about the scenic alternative route into Jackson from Idaho, and then once the road is open they will be promoting that the route is fully open.  Mead praises the Wyoming Department of Transportation for their efforts so far under very difficult circumstances and he says he is pleased with the dialog the department has had with the residents here.

Comment on this Article:

LOST CREEK RANCH AND SPA WEBCAM

Quake List

Archive

Weather Alerts

Wyoming News

  • Red Flag Warnings In Effect; Isolated Thunderstorms Possible Across Southeast Wyoming - July 25, 2014
    The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for parts of central and south-central Wyoming through today.  With drier conditions and breezy to gusty winds, there is an increased risk for initiation and the spread of wild fires.  Temperatures will remain quite warm to hot, with highs in the 80′s to low 90′s for […]
  • Diapers weren’t a magic bullet for staying cool - July 25, 2014
    I promised you yesterday that I’d test a new product to see how well it works to keep you cool when the temperatures climb toward triple digits.   In case you missed it, yesterday I talked about seeing an ad on TV for a new type of training pants. The ad said, and I quote, […]
  • I’ll try anything to stay cool in the summer - July 24, 2014
    I recently saw an advertisement for a product that’s sure to be a big hit with outdoorsmen. Especially those of us who stomp around in the woods when the temperatures climb into the nineties. Last weekend, I found myself sitting in jeans, boots, a long-sleeved shirt and a cowboy hat at Cheyenne Frontier Days. While […]
  • Start honing your archery skills now - July 23, 2014
    Don’t just let that bow sit in the closet or out in the garage all summer. Dust off the case, take the bow out and get some practice. There are dozens of archery ranges around the state where you can practice shooting in the off season. If you don’t know where the one closest to […]

The Latest RSS Items

  • No items found in feed URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/StefaniasBlog?format=xml. You requested 5 items.
  • powered by RSS Just Better 1.3 plugin