State officials search for cause, fix for fractured highway

Courtesy: Brad Boner / Jackson Hole News & Guide
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JACKSON, Wyo. - The Wyoming Department of Transportation is working to figure out what's causing a landslide to fracture a stretch of U.S. Highway 89/26 south of Jackson and how to fix it.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the landslide, reported Friday, affects about 175 feet of pavement and has fractured approximately 20 feet of highway as well as 10 feet of the embankment. Officials say the slide is still moving slowly toward the Snake River.

Geologists are conducting tests on the landslide to figure out a permanent remedy for the fractured highway. After those tests are complete, geologists will come up with proposals to fix the problem.

Those solutions will be presented to WYDOT's executive board, which will decide which project to pursue.