Pipe fails north of Lander on U.S. 287, maintenance crews preparing to fix damage and keep traffic moving

A 24-inch irrigation pipe plugged with weeds and cattails failed Sunday afternoon on U.S. 287 about 9.2 miles north of Lander, and Wyoming Department of Transportation maintenance crews are currently mobilizing to the area.
U.S. 287 is open and should remain open during the repairs Sunday evening, according to WYDOT area maintenance supervisor Jim Thomas of Lander.
"The pipe became plugged and washed away part of the pipe," Thomas said.
Thomas said maintenance crews plan to saw-cut the asphalt on U.S. 287, about 300 feet south of the intersection of the Wyoming 132/U.S. 287 intersection. The area under the saw-cut asphalt will be filled with gravel, and the damaged road will be signed.
"This short-term repair will allow us to keep U.S. 287 open to the traveling public," Thomas said. "Please slow down through this area."
Thomas said a new irrigation pipe will be installed in the future under U.S. 287 where the current pipe failed.
Fremont County, including the Wind River Reservation, has received between 2-6 inches of rain since Friday night. Most water levels are currently receding across Fremont County, with the exception of the Little Wind River between Hudson and Riverton.
The Little Wind River near Riverton is expected to crest sometime Sunday night at a revised 11.1 feet, according to the National Weather Service, and is expected to remain above flood stage through at least Monday evening.