Slide Causes Continued Closure on U.S. 14

U.S. Highway slide area 31.5 miles east of Greybull.  (Photo Courtesy WyDOT)
U.S. Highway slide area 31.5 miles east of Greybull. (Photo Courtesy WyDOT)

A media release Monday evening from WyDOT's Region 4 Public Information Specialist, Ronda Holwell, indicates that U.S. 14 remains closed about 31.5 miles east of Greybull at about 100 feet of the road way.

The road continues to slide downhill, and WyDOT officials are preparing to let an emergency contractor build a detour on the uphill side of the sliding highway.

Holwell cites Ron Huff, WyDOT District Maintenance Engineer from Basin as saying, “'The guardrail is now not functioning, as 90% of it is either out of the ground or detached from the posts due to ongoing movement of the slide.'”

Huff indicated that WyDOT officials are working with the Army Corps of Engineers to secure a permit to build the detour through a wetland area uphill of the slide. When that permit will be secured, however, is uncertain.

Movement of the highway above Shell Falls was first discovered June 10th, and the highway has remained closed on each side of the sliding highway since June 13th.

As alternate routes over the mountain, motorists are encouraged to use U.S. 16 via Worland and U.S. 14A.

Holwell urges truck drivers, tour bus drivers and drivers of heavily loaded vehicles to use U.S. 16 or I-90 via Billings in Montana to reach the Basin area.

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