- Posted May 17, 2011 by
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Massive landslide Closes Important Route to Tony Jackson Hole
An unsually long and wet spring in Jackson Hole has resulted in a massive landslide on a primary route into the tourist mecca. As the slide contineus to build in slow motion down the Snake River Canyon (US HWY 89/26) route into town, hundreds of commuters and school children from Alpine, WY, have had to triple their commuting time into Jackson, putting stress on the Teton Pass route into town.
WYDOT (Wyoming Department of Transportation) has not put a date on when the road will be reopened, as their efforts to move the mud, dirt, water and trees that block the road has only increased the rate of the slide, which now extends more than 1/4 mile up the steep hillside of the canyon. The last slide of this sort in 1997 closed the road for six weeks. This one is bigger.
In addition to concern for commuters for the inconvenience of their longer drive to their jobs and shopping, this slide is also expected by residents to affect the upcoming tourist season.The slide bifurcates the road used by local rafting companies for their famed whitewater rafting trips down the Snake River Canyon, and will also affect tourists driving to Jackson from the Southwest. Depending on the conditions of the other entry points into Jackson, this could also affect tourist access to Jackson in general, possibly reducing numbers. Summer tourists overwelming drive through Jackson.
Image from WYDOT website linked above.