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Landslide Near Jackson Damaging Highway

Grand Teton Road Near Jackson Dam
Photo Courtesy: Kevin Koile

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A landslide is fracturing a stretch of U.S. Highway 89/26 south of Jackson, causing travel delays.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation was able to reopen a stretch of the road in the Snake River Canyon over the weekend by building a temporary lane, but speeds are still reduced.

The road was closed from 8 p.m. Friday until 3 p.m. Saturday while crews built the temporary lane by filling a drainage ditch with dirt, topping it with reinforcing grid and gravel and then road base. Maintenance foreman Bruce Daigle says the temporary lane will have to be maintained every few days because of heavy traffic.

DOT geologist Kirk Hood says with all the moisture in the ground, the dirt lost strength and is sliding toward the Snake River.

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