Big Rocks moved from Wind River Canyon walls

*Feature Photo: One of the "Big" rocks removed from the canyon wall. The large rocks are then broken into small sections and hauled away. (WYDOT / Pitchengine Communities) * (Thermopolis Wyo.) - An emergency rock scaling project this month in the Wind River Canyon has focused on removal of large rocks from a hillside above U.S. 20/Wyoming 789. The work is now mostly complete at Big Windy Curve some 10 miles south of Thermopolis at milepost 121.9. The work has been dependent upon favorable weather, and has been a successful effort of a contractor, Wyoming Department of Transportation geology crews in Cheyenne and WYDOT crews in Thermopolis, Shoshoni, Worland and Ten Sleep, a WYDOT news release indicated. [image: Inline image 1] *(WYDOT / Pitchengine Communities) * The highway curve where the rocks are located inside the Canyon is known locally as Big Windy; it is the same curve where WYDOT has a live web cam stationed providing real-time information to travelers at The rocks were exposed through erosion and associated rockfall during April and May rain and snow events in Hot Springs and Fremont counties. GeoStabilization International of Grand Junction, Colo., was the contractor on the $40,000 rock scaling project. The GSI project has involved moving the large rocks to edge of the highway. [image: Inline image 2] *(WYDOT / Pitchengine Communities) * WYDOT maintenance workers are breaking the large rocks into smaller rocks, and removing and hauling the rocks out of the canyon. WYDOT's maintenance crews are continuing to work in the Big Windy Curve area and throughout Wind River Canyon, attempting to clear normal spring rockfall and keeping U.S. 20/Wyoming 789 open for travel. [image: Inline image 3] *(WYDOT / Pitchengine Communities) * [image: Inline image 4] *(WYDOT / Pitchengine Communities) * [image: Inline image 5] *(WYDOT / Pitchengine Communities) * #springcity #reboot #county10 #news