JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Wyoming Department of Transportation cleared a mud debris flow that stretched over both lanes of travel near milepost 151 on US 189/191 just north of Bondurant in the Hoback Canyon. Crews closed the road at 11:41am and called in heavy equipment, including a loader, to clear the mud and water from the roadway.
Crews were able to reopen the road at 12:49pm, in just over an hour. The initial estimated time of opening was set at 2-4 hours, just in case crews encountered more moving debris.
WYDOT maintenance workers also dug out a ditch alongside the road to catch the flowing water and direct it to some nearby drainage to prevent it from running across the road.
“Once you get digging and clearing out the debris, there is always a chance that more will come down pretty fast. We are lucky we didn’t have any of that and we were able to get the work done pretty quickly,” said Jackson maintenance foreman Bruce Daigle.
WYDOT maintenance crews will continue to inspect the canyon for any other potential movements.