Moisture-related slides being monitored for movement

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (WYDOT) Wyoming Department of Transportation personnel in Dubois and Cody are monitoring six different moisture-related slides on Togwotee Pass (US26/287) and Chief Joseph Scenic Highway (WY296).

"One of the slides near the Shoshone National Forest boundary dropped four inches yesterday," said WYDOT Maintenance Foreman Paul Boedeker of Dubois on Friday afternoon.

The slides on Togwotee Pass are located at mileposts 40.6, 40.2 and 9.4 on US26/287. The slides at mileposts 40.6 and 40.2 are near the Shoshone National Forest boundary, while the milepost 9.4 slide is located on Rosie's Ridge.

The Togwotee slides at mileposts 40.6 and 40.2 have caused movements in the highway, and they are clearly signed with warning signs for drivers to see.

Two of the three slides on Chief Joseph Scenic Highway are near the intersection of Wyoming 120 and Wyoming 296 (about milepost 45.5). Neither of those slides has impacted the highway, yet.

Another slide near Dead Indian Creek is in the roadway, and the cracks in the highway are clearly marked with signs at milepost 26.1.

"It is shaping up as an interesting spring," said WYDOT Heavy Equipment Shaun Emmett of Cody.