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Watch for Falling Rock in Wind River Canyon

Written by on May 1, 2017

After falling rock and winter weather closed the road through Wind River Canyon on Friday, Wyoming Department of Transportation personnel reopened Highway 20 and 789 through Wind River Canyon at 6:45 a.m. Saturday.

WYDOT area maintenance supervisor Clint Huckfeldt of Thermopolis said WYDOT workers will continue to monitor the area for falling rocks. But he added they are asking motorists to avoid stopping within the canyon for a few days, and cautioned them to watch for falling rocks and rocks on the roadway.

Wilson Brothers Construction of Cowley is currently working in Wind River Canyon on a rock removal project addressing the flooding and mud slides of the 2015 Memorial Day weekend. WYDOT officials say the contractor has agreed to help WYDOT clean up the recent rock slides over the coming weeks.

Lamb pointed out that the cleanup effort will most likely take a couple of weeks to complete.

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