Travel Delays in Wind River Canyon
Written by Andrew-Rossi on May 22, 2017
Travel delays are expected as contractors are scheduled to begin rock cleanup and emergency slope repairs today inside Wind River Canyon.
Two contractors are scheduled to do stability work and emergency repairs of existing canyon walls about 10 miles south of Thermopolis in the area of Big Windy Curve.
Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Kaia Tharp of Thermopolis says the work at Big Windy Curve will include scaling, breaking up large rocks and cleaning the ditches. Drivers should expect traffic delays of up to 40 minutes, six days a week, and the work should be completed by July 14.
Wilson Brothers Construction of Cowley was nearly finished with a rock-scaling project which began last fall, but thanks to near record-breaking moisture in the Owl Creek Mountains, the rocks started rolling, sliding and falling again in Wind River Canyon in early May.
The estimated cost of the cleanup effort by Wilson Brothers Construction and GeoStabilization International of Grand Junction, Colo., is $653,000.