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Gordon issues emergency declaration in response to Teton Pass landslide

Photo courtesy of Wyoming Department of Transportation

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Mark Gordon has issued an executive order declaring an emergency in response to the catastrophic failure of Wyoming Highway 22, Teton Pass. Multiple mudslides have led to a structural failure of the roadway at milepost 12.8. The declaration will help the state access additional resources from the Federal Highway Administration to begin the substantial repairs required.

“We are closely monitoring this ongoing situation, and Wyoming Department of Transportation personnel are working diligently to develop a long-term solution to rebuild this critical roadway,” Gordon said. “I recognize the significant impacts this closure has to Teton County residents, regional commuters and the local economy.”

“WYDOT remains on site decisively engaged on fixing the road and restoring connectivity to the Teton Valley,” said Darin Westby, director of WYDOT. “Safety is our utmost priority, and we ask that recreationists and curious residents avoid the area until it can be stabilized.”

The emergency declaration states that current conditions affecting highway integrity and structural stability continue to deteriorate and efforts to reduce further damage must begin immediately. It also states that the closure “endangers the health, safety, economy, and resources of residents of Wyoming.”

Gordon’s order directs the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security and WYDOT to “take all appropriate and necessary actions, including but not limited to, coordination of state and federal resources” to respond to the incident.

There is no estimate on a repair completion date for the roadway at this time. WYDOT will issue ongoing updates as they become available. Video footage of the current condition of the roadway may be viewed here.

The governor’s executive order may be found here.