Slide closes U.S. 14 west of Dayton between Burgess Junction and Shell

Attached is a picture of U.S. 14, 31.5 miles east of Greybull. This photograph was taken after 10 loads of recycled asphalt was placed in the 100-foot section of highway. Engineers are estimating the highway has dropped three to four feet in this area. (Photo Courtesy of WYDOT)
Attached is a picture of U.S. 14, 31.5 miles east of Greybull. This photograph was taken after 10 loads of recycled asphalt was placed in the 100-foot section of highway. Engineers are estimating the highway has dropped three to four feet in this area. (Photo Courtesy of WYDOT)

WYDOT announced in a media release Tuesday that about 100 feet of U.S. 14 east of Greybull is in danger of being lost due to a slide which has closed the highway about 31.5 miles east of Greybull. Movement of the highway was discovered Friday, and the highway was closed for the first time Saturday before being opened briefly only to close again Sunday evening. The road re-opened Monday afternoon, June 13, following repairs, but it closed about 8 p.m. Monday following an assessment by geologists and engineers with the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

As of now, the highway remains closed. Keith Compton with WYDOT said that they feared that they would lose the road late Monday night as the slide and the 100 foot section of highway were moving at a rapid rate. During the time U.S. 14 remains closed, motorists may use U.S. 16 West via Buffalo and U.S. 14A as alternative routes from Sheridan to the Basin area. WYDOT is encouraging truck drivers, tour bus drivers and drivers of heavily-loaded vehicles to use U.S. 16 West of Buffalo or U.S. 1-90 via Billings to reach the Basin area.

WYDOT is currently assessing ways to build a detour on the uphill side of the sliding highway.

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