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Chief Joseph Highway reopened, drivers told to use caution

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The Chief Joseph Scenic Highway from Cody to Cooke City is open to traffic this weekend, but travelers will need to exercise extra caution.

A reduced speed limit of 30 miles per hour is in effect for a portion of the scenic road near mile post 26 due to a slide that caused one lane of the roadway to drop some four feet.

Thanks to a new expanded shoulder area that allows traffic to get around the slide, that part of the road is open for two-way traffic, according to Cody Beers, and information officer with the Wyoming Department of Transportation .

That part of the Chief Joseph received a foot of snow overnight.

State geology crews have been drilling to assess the stability of the slide area Beers said.

The estimated cost of the cleanup effort is $653,000.

Again a reduced speed limit of 30 miles per hour is in effect for that portion of the Chief Joseph Highway. 

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