FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
US 14-A reopens between Byron and Garland
US 14-A is open between Byron and Garland following emergency road work due to an early morning breach of the Sidon Canal.
Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenance foreman Jim Thomas of Lovell reopened the highway between Byron and Garland at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28.
US 14-A is a significant route for local residents and tourists between the Big Horn Mountains/Big Horn County and Park County, including Powell and Cody.
The highway was closed for 11.5 hours.
“We have damage to the shoulder of the highway, and erosion undermined about a foot of the road for several hundred feet,” Thomas said. “There may be some surface damage to the highway, and last week’s freshly completed chip seal has been damaged. Also, the right-of-way fence on both sides of the highway must be replaced.”
Thomas said about 100 yards of the Sidon Canal was washed out early Tuesday, July 28, and Sidon Canal District officials are on the scene preparing to repair the canal bank. The Sidon Canal feeds about 13,000 acres of agricultural land with water diverted from the Shoshone River.
Thomas received a call for help at 2 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, concerning water on the highway and a crash between milepost 35 and milepost 36 on US 14-A west of Byron.
MEDIA: For questions about this news release, contact Cody Beers, WYDOT District 5 public involvement specialist, (307) 856-1341.