OGDEN — A multiple-vehicle crash that knocked down a power line has closed Ogden Canyon until Tuesday morning.
The crash occurred only a short distance from the mouth of Ogden Canyon, near the east-bound temporary traffic signal that protects an Ogden City culinary water project, according to Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Vic Saunders.
Motorists are strongly urged to use alternate routes, such as Interstate 84 via State Route 167 at Huntsville, and the North Ogden Divide Highway at North Ogden and Liberty.
The crash occurred at about 4 p.m.
Saunders said Rocky Mountain Power is on the scene, making repairs and removing the power line, which is blocking the roadway.
Saunders said the repairs figured to take at least four hours, but by the time they are completed, the canyon will be shut down due to Ogden City’s ongoing pipeline project. The city is repairing a century-old water pipeline that runs through the canyon and supplies water to thousands of Ogden residents.
Ogden City Engineer Justin Anderson said the accident occurred outside of the city’s work zone and was unrelated to any work being conducted by the city in the canyon.
Saunders said Ogden Canyon residents will be let into the canyon on an intermittent basis, but heavy delays are expected.