WyDOT digs into slide 24/7

Crews have begun working 24 hours a day to clear the mudslide blocking Highway 26/89 in the Snake River Canyon.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation has hired Yellow Iron Excavating of Wilson to remove debris. The slide, dubbed the Double Draw Slide, has blocked the highway since May 14.

“The slide did things that are very encouraging for us [Saturday],” said John Eddins, WyDOT district engineer. “Water flow in the middle of the slide has increased, which has moved a lot of debris down to the road.”

The agency had been waiting for as much of the unstable land mass as possible to reach the road or ooze below toward the Snake River. WyDOT officials also were encouraged that the top of the slide appears to be stabilizing, with no movement for two days, Eddins said.

View of the Double Draw Slide, as of May 20.

The full press release is here. All WyDOT news releases can be found here.

WyDOT held public meetings in Jackson and Alpine over the weekend. While the agency received an ovation in Jackson for its efforts, the Alpine meeting was heated at times, as residents vented frustration, perhaps irrationally.

Gov. Matt Mead will visit the site today.

(Photo via Teton County)


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11 Comments so far

  1. E VonSeggern May 24, 2011 6:17 am

    When this is done we need to buy all of the workers who cleared the slide a beer or two.

  2. SJB May 24, 2011 10:36 am

    Cheers in Jackson because they can still use the river and having the road closed does not create a hardship for them. Heated in Alpine due to the hardships an extra 400 miles a week in order to work of the cost of a motel room, neither option is cheap or convienent for Star Valley commuters.

  3. murph May 24, 2011 1:52 pm

    i hope the people of star valley have a evac plan for the upcoming weeks,i would

  4. D May 25, 2011 8:29 am

    You would think a local motel would step up if they have vacant rooms and work out a deal.

  5. js May 25, 2011 10:39 am

    I hear they’re making good progress. Not affected by rain. One lane could open soon.

  6. AJ May 25, 2011 10:52 am

    last i heard they found some road damage so it might be a little longer to be open

  7. greg May 25, 2011 11:04 am

    just read on wydot that the slide dug a trench in the road 30 feet wide and 7 feet deep. i was really shocked that they kept saying they were optimistic that the road was intact…

  8. js May 25, 2011 2:05 pm


  9. joe May 26, 2011 7:13 am

    in all fairness, Wydot should now have to put on a free rock concert

  10. SJB May 26, 2011 9:35 am

    Joe, why would you say that? WYDOT did not cause the slide, it was nature doing what nature does. We should all throw the workers of WYDOT and Yellow Iron a party for working as much as possible to clean up this mess. Jeez!!

  11. joe May 26, 2011 10:31 am

    comment was directed towards our shocked homer simpson resort intellectual rockers.

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