A little over a week ago the Wyoming Department of Transportation hired a contractor to build a detour around a slide that has forced U.S. 14 to be closed since June 13th. Movement of the 100-foot section of highway above Shell Falls 31.5 miles east of Greybull was first discovered Friday, June10th. WYDOT District 5 Public Relations Specialist Cody Beers says that weather permitting, the two lane detour will be paved Thursday in preparation of opening Friday.
Beers stated that due to the heavy saturated soils and the runoff from the snowpack, there are a number of other areas that are showing signs of movement on not only U.S. 14, but U.S. 16 as well.
Other parts of the state have also experienced landslides, as a 600 foot section of Wyoming Highway 70 near Baggs has been totally lost and U.S. 14 from Sundance to Devils Tower was temporarily closed.