Slippery slope fix will mean traffic delays near Game Creek

JACKSON, Wyo. — Road work will get underway next week that is expected to slow traffic flow south of town and close Game Creek trail to the public. You’ve been warned. Make plans.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT), along with contract crews from Oftedal will begin work near Game Creek Road to address recent movement in a slope near the Munger Mountain landslide.

It is anticipated that the work and a closure of the Game Creek pathway will begin Monday, August 10. Traffic control will be in place to take the highway from 5-lanes (two travel lanes in each direction and a center turn lane), to 3-lanes (one travel lane in each direction and a center turn lane).

“This is for safety for loading trucks and getting them turned around,” WYDOT resident engineer Bob Hammond said.

The slope that crews will be repairing is south of the Munger Mountain landslide. As work has progressed in the area, crews found seeping water and unstable material.

“The water and these layers together with removal of material created some instability and some land slumped, creating a landslide,” Hammond said.

The landslide was slow moving and crews have been working on addressing the movement. To prevent any impacts to the new highway construction and stabilize it, the WYDOT geology program performed an analysis of the area based on the recent data and the decision was made to build a toe berm at the base of the slide.

In order to perform the work, crews needed material from the Game Creek cut, a slope just north of Game Creek Road. The existing pathway and tunnel near the area will be closed while operations are underway at the Game Creek cut. Expect work to begin possibly this week and to probably last the rest of this season for the prep work, removal of material, and reclamation.

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