WYDOT reopens US 26 and Wyoming 132 after flood waters subside

June 19, 2017

Wyoming Department of Transportation officials reopened US 26 and WYO 132 Monday afternoon after flood waters receded.

"We believe we're in pretty good shape with the receding flood waters," said WYDOT District Engineer Pete Hallsten of Basin. "We are seeing several areas on each highway, near bridges, where this spring's flood waters seem to be wanting to flow in new areas and create new channels which may have long-term impacts on a handful of highway bridges."

WYDOT closed WYO 132, about 20 miles west of Riverton, early Monday. Officials closed US 26, 30 miles west of Riverton, on Saturday night.

“There was an intense, long rainstorm that started Friday night and lasted around 10 hours in the area of Pinedale, Union Pass and Dubois that may have impacted river flows,” Hallsten said.

WYDOT began removing barricades on WYO 132 and US 26 Monday about 1 p.m..

"We appreciate everyone's patience during this lengthy period of wet spring weather and higher-than-normal snow depths," Hallsten said.

For more information about this news release, contact WYDOT public relations specialist Cody Beers at (307) 431-1803.