HUNTSVILLE -- Flooding and mudslides resulting from the continuing cold and rainy weather caused a series of roadway obstructions Monday in Ogden Canyon, Interstate near Brigham City, and in western Weber County.
A rock slide in the same place as one almost two weeks ago shut down a portion of Highway 39 between Huntsville and Pineview Reservoir.
UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders said the slide came down around 10 a.m. Monday in the same location as the May 19 slide. While the slide itself was contained by safety barriers put up by UDOT for that purpose, other rocks falling down were bouncing off the slide into the roadway.
Saunders said UDOT can clear the rocks off the roadway, but getting the debris out from behind the barriers requires special equipment that won't be on site until today. Until that is done, more falling debris will keep bouncing over the barriers and onto the road.
As a result, the section of State Road 39 between Pineview Dam and the intersection with Trappers Loop Highway is closed to all through traffic, and no traffic is allowed past the slide area.
Residents who live on the Old Snowbasin Road or other areas along the closed section can get to their homes by either going the long way over Pineview Dam on State Road 158 and then around Huntsville, or by using Weber Canyon and then State Road158, the Trappers Loop Highway.
Saunders said SR-39 should be reopened by noon today, but he said UDOT is also worried that the bank above the fall area is still unstable and could cause more slides.
"We're going to have to address that slope in a more integrated fashion," he said. "UDOT is planning a bit more strategic approach on how we're going to remove more of that material as soon as the weather gives us a break."
Elsewhere, Saunders said, runoff from watersoaked fields had flooded the exit ramp from northbound Interstate 15 to eastbound U.S. 91 (1100 South) south of Brigham City. The ramp is not closed and crews have cleared off the water, but all vehicles should slow down and use caution in case of more flooding.
UDOT crews are building berms to deflect water away from the exit ramp, and Saunders said UDOT is advising people to use alternatives in South Willard or the Forrest Street exit.
Weber County Emergency Services Director Lance Peterson said the Weber River is flooding several road areas in western Weber County.
He said river water is over the road at 5100 West and 1600 South and at 4700 West and 950 North. He advised motorists to avoid the areas if possible.