New Rockfall Project Planned West of Cody | Big Horn Basin Media

New Rockfall Project Planned West of Cody

Written by on January 21, 2019

The highway to Yellowstone National Park from Cody is known for its steep canyon walls and incredible scenery. But close to town, a road hazard has been discovered that could impact vehicles traveling west of town – literally.

Cody Beers with the Wyoming Department of Transportation says that after an enormous rock fell onto the highway just east of the tunnels in December, geologists found that much of the rock face was unstable, and that more rocks could fall. So the Department is planning a project that will mean traffic delays for commuters coming in and out of Cody from the west.

WYDOT is currently taking proposals for the project. Beers says the entire project should take about 5 days to complete, but adds there may be at least one day in which they have to shut down the highway completely. They are working on a detour route.

WYDOT doesn’t have a timeframe yet for the project, so until they begin work, drivers are asked to use extra caution when heading west out of Cody. 

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