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Mon May 23, 2011
Landslide cleanup work beginning
By Bob Beck
Jackson, WY – Wyoming Department of Transportation engineers are moving forward with a 24-hour, seven-day-a week operation to reopen Highway 26/89 near Jackson. The important commuter route has been closed for more than a week due to a landslide. Resident engineer Bob Hammond says it's difficult to say how long it will take to clear the road, but they are taking an aggressive approach.
"Hauling both sides of the slide, working 2 shifts a day, basically working 24 hours a day on this. There are a lot of materials still up there, probably changes hour to hour on how this is coming down and reacting. So there is probably no time frame we could throw up there that would really be worth it."
Hammond urges the public to stay behind road closure barriers to make sure the debris can be removed safely. There are alternate routes that allow drivers to get around the slide, but officials say it will take additional time and drivers need to plan accordingly.