Mudslide Closes US 89

by Lindsay Joy, ljoy@k2tv.com

WYDOT geologists are currently trying to decide what to do about a landslide that closed US 89 in the Snake River Canyon. The highway was closed this weekend after  mud and debris started to cover the road.

According to WYDOT, the slide is now almost 30 to 40 feet and runs for about a quarter mile up the hill. On Monday, the department stopped trying to remove the debris from the road because it seemed to be making the problem worse, but Public Affairs Manager Doug McGee says they're actively working toward a long term solution.

McGee said he can't speculate on exactly when the road will be re-opened because there are too many variables, but for now WYDOT is encouraging drivers to take alternate routes such as US 26.