Farmington Canyon Road to remain closed until late fall

Published: Thursday, May 17 2012 2:10 p.m. MDT

FARMINGTON — Farmington Canyon Road will not be open before late fall. It has been closed since May of 2011 due to a rock slide.

The Federal Highway Administration has approved funding that will assist the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests with the repair work on the road. Within the next four months, the funding will be in place to begin the repairs. During that time, designs for the repair work will be completed and then contracts will be awarded.

Based on a geotechnical report, the slope that the rock slide originated from has been declared unstable. The hillside continues to move from steep slopes and unstable subsurface conditions that create an active debris flow. The wooden retaining/crib wall on the downhill side of the road is failing due to age and additional weight of the rock slide.

It would be unsafe for anyone to remove material from the road until the active debris flow can be stabilized, so the road will remain closed to all uses from the forest boundary on the west side of Farmington Canyon east to the intersection with Skyline Drive until all repair work is completed.

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