Two-Hour Delay Tuesday in Wind River Canyon
Written by Andrew-Rossi on June 24, 2017
If you’re traveling through the Wind River Canyon Tuesday, you’ll want to leave a couple of hours early.
A two-hour closure of the highway through Wind River Canyon is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday to help rockfall mitigation crews have adequate time to safely drop a large rock and other debris on and near the highway.
Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Kaia Tharp of Thermopolis says that they are anticipating that when the big rock comes down, it will bring down a lot of rock with it and those rocks will land in the north-bound lane.
Tharp said the big rock is located about 16 miles south of Thermopolis, or about halfway between Shoshoni and Thermopolis.
The road closure will be in effect from the south side of the Wind River Canyon tunnels — due to sight distance concerns — to north of the work zone, and digital message signs warning people of the closure will be in place on each end of Wind River Canyon.