Teton Pass road ‘failed catastrophically’

WYOMING, USA — A portion of the Teton Pass Highway, which connects Idaho to Wyoming, is “catastrophically broken,” the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) said. Part of the road collapsed at kilometer 12.8. The road was already closed due to a mudslide and no one was injured.

The ministry released the following statement:

“We understand that this highway is a lifeline for commuters, deliveries, access to medical care and tourism, especially with limited alternatives and the summer season approaching. WYDOT engineers, surveyors and geologists quickly mobilized to try to keep the highway viable for as long as possible, but catastrophic failure could not be avoided. WYDOT remains on site, committed to repairing the road and restoring connectivity to the Teton Valley. Safety is our top priority and we ask recreationists and curious residents to avoid the area until it can be stabilized.

The closures are expected to last for some time. Local News 8 was first to report this story.

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