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Repairs planned today on Chief Joseph Scenic Highway slide

This week, WYDOT maintenance employees are attempting to patch a moisture-related slide on Chief Joseph Scenic Highway (Wyo. Highway 296) at milepost 26.1 near Dead Indian Creek. This week, WYDOT maintenance employees are attempting to patch a moisture-related slide on Chief Joseph Scenic Highway (Wyo. Highway 296) at milepost 26.1 near Dead Indian Creek. Photo courtesy WYDOT

Work is underway today (Tuesday) to attempt to patch a moisture-related slide near Dead Indian Creek on the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway (Wyo. Highway 296).

The slide has caused the roadway to drop nearly six inches since March.

With precipitation in the weather forecast for the remainder of this week, Wyoming Department of Transportation staff are attempting to finish the temporary slide maintenance before the weather changes.

“We are going to place asphalt roto-mill material in the cracks and bring the surface up to level with the rest of the road today,” said WYDOT area maintenance supervisor Robin Nichols of Basin. “The slide moved slightly over the weekend, but not significantly.”

During repairs, traffic delays of up to 15 minutes are expected.

The Dead Indian Creek slide is in the roadway at milepost 26.1, about 20 miles west of the Chief Joseph Highway’s intersection with Wyo. Highway 120.

“This is a temporary fix at best and is only being done to keep the roadway as safe as possible,” Nichols said.

WYDOT geologists are scheduled to assess the extent of the Dead Indian Creek slide in early May.

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