Traffic delays expected during Chief Joe Slide drilling this month on Wyoming 296
(CODY, WYO.) – Further study of the Chief Joseph Slide on Wyoming 296 this month will include the use of a helicopter to move the drill from one location to the next, according to a press release issued by WYDOT on Monday morning.
Wyoming Department of Transportation district engineer Pete Hallsten said motorists should expect traffic delays of up to 20 minutes while the helicopter is moving the drilling rig from one location to another.
The contractor, Salisbury and Associates, “plans to mobilize on Monday, Oct. 16, with drilling starting Tuesday, Oct. 17,” Hallsten said. “The 20-minute traffic delays will happen four times in 10 days, so it shouldn’t be a big deal.”
Hallsten said WYDOT is studying the slide area this fall and winter to determine what repairs are needed to rebuild the highway through the slide area. “We’re hoping analysis of this slide area will lead to a more permanent fix in the long term,” he said.
WYDOT drilling of the slide area is scheduled to begin Oct. 23 and should take two to three weeks to complete.
The Chief Joe Slide is near Dead Indian Creek, about 26.1 miles from Wyoming 296’s intersection with Wyoming 120, northwest of Cody. The slide first appeared on Wyoming 296 in March during this year’s wet spring.
“Wyoming 296 through the Chief Joe Slide (on Chief Joseph Scenic Highway) is open through a modified detour, with a lane open in each direction around the east edge of the slide,” Hallsten said.