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A landslide destroyed a mountain road in Wyoming. The first damage occurred a few days ago, but initially it seemed minor, and traffic was restored on the route. It was only on Saturday that the entire slope broke, taking away a large section of the road.

The Teton Pass State Highway connecting the towns of Jackson and Victor in neighboring Idaho collapsed on Saturday, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT). The slope on which the road was built collapsed, taking both lanes of the road and the accompanying infrastructure with it.

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The problems began on Thursday, when a smaller landslide occurred on the road slope. The asphalt cracked, causing the motorcycle to crash. The road was temporarily closed, but after patching the crack, road crews decided to resume traffic – until a mudslide occurred elsewhere on Friday and blocked both lanes. At the same time, the crack gradually widened until the entire slope collapsed.

“Engineers, surveyors and geologists acted without hesitation to keep the road operational, but a catastrophic failure could not be prevented,” WYDOT Director Darin Westby said in a statement. He confirmed that neither employees nor drivers were injured in the landslide.

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Teton Pass Road is one of the region's main transportation routes. As explained by the federal Department of Transportation, it is an important commuter route for the delivery of goods and services to the growing regional economies in Wyoming and Idaho. Its closure has raised concerns among many commuters who commute to work in another state.

WYDOT said it is examining long-term solutions and considering the procedure for repairing the state road. Officials asked people to stay away from the scene until it was stabilized.

Main photo source: Wyoming Dept. of transportation@facebook.com

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