Landslide threatens to take out 100-foot stretch of U.S. Highway 14 near Greybull

2011-06-14T23:45:00Z 2011-06-15T00:22:02Z Landslide threatens to take out 100-foot stretch of U.S. Highway 14 near Greybull

Casper Star-Tribune ‌

The Billings Gazette
June 14, 2011 11:45 pm  • 

CASPER, Wyo. — About 100 feet of U.S. Highway 14 near Greybull is in danger of being lost because of a landslide.

The road about 31.5 miles east of Greybull is closed indefinitely after several attempts to keep it open, according to a Wyoming Department of Transportation media release.

Movement of the highway above Shell Falls was first noticed Friday, leading to the road’s first closure on Saturday night. The highway reopened Sunday following repairs but was closed again Sunday evening. The road was reopened Monday afternoon following repairs, but was closed yet again about 8 p.m. Monday after an assessment by WYDOT geologists and engineers.

“The slide and 100-foot section of highway are moving at a rapid rate, and they dropped another 8 inches Monday night,” Keith Compton, WYDOT district construction engineer in Basin, said Tuesday. “We believed we would lose the highway Monday night, but as of today, it’s still there.”

Compton said the outline of the “circular failure-type slide” is visible.

“We were hoping to keep the road open during daylight hours, but it is proving to be difficult,” Compton said. “For safety reasons, the road is currently closed.”

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

While U.S. 14 remains closed, motorists can use U.S. Highway 16 via Worland and U.S. Highway 14A as alternative routes from Greybull to Sheridan.

WYDOT encourages truck drivers, tour bus drivers and drivers of heavily loaded vehicles to use U.S. 16 or U.S. Highway 310 to reach the Sheridan area.

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