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Wind River Canyon route reopens after rock slide destroys guardrail
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Wind River Canyon route reopens after rock slide destroys guardrail

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The highway through the Wind River Canyon reopened early Wednesday after crews cleared a rock slide that destroyed about 100 feet of guardrail, according to a news release from the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

"The rock slide covered both driving lanes of the highway at the north end of Wind River Canyon, took out about 100 feet of guardrail, and damaged the highway shoulder," WYDOT area maintenance supervisor Clint Huckfeldt of Thermopolis said in the news release. "The highway was closed for about 90 minutes."

Around the state, the department is maintaining and monitoring other sites as well. WYDOT workers were taking concrete barrier from storage in Rock Springs to the Lander area in preparation for possible spring flooding.

A slide on Wyoming 296 is still moving around milepost 26.1, which is about 20 miles west of the highway’s intersection with Wyoming 120. State geologists are analyzing and mapping the slide, the release said.

A large slope failure slide is creeping onto U.S. 26/287, on Togwotee Pass, about 10 miles east of Moran Junction. Crews are cleaning and monitoring the slide. Speed limits have also been reduced near two other slides in the Togwotee Pass area close to the Shoshone National Forest boundary west of Dubois. Those slides have been patched, but they are still moving.

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