UPDATED 09/03/13 1600: Delays to continue into Wednesday along U.S. Highway 6
Torrential rain and debris closed a portion of U.S. Highway 6 near Sheep Creek Monday night, stopping Labor Day travelers from crossing Spanish Fork Canyon for more than four hours. A single lane was opened early Tuesday to alternating lanes of travel. However, Utah Department of Transportation is still working to repair the highway.
Flooding in the canyon west of the Tucker rest area sent mud and debris onto the highway near mile marker 200, said Utah Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Lawrence Hopper. The incident, which occurred at about 8:30 p.m., kept the road closed until after midnight.
"We were told that the road would be opened in an hour and a half and then we sat in our cars for the next four hours," said Kim Ward, who was traveling back to Price from Draper. "We were quite a distance from the front of the line but even back where we were there was thick mud and sticks all over the road."
According to Ward, vehicles were stuck facing every direction as drivers attempted to turn around on the mud caked highway. Motorists were given the option of taking U.S. Highway 89 and 191 but with unstable ground in Huntington Canyon, many choose to wait out the cleanup in relative safety.
Traffic problems are expected to continue on the three lane stretch of highway until Wednesday morning and Utah's Commuter Link is still warning of 10-15 minute delays near Sheep Creek.
During Labor Day, drivers were cautioned by the UHP to watch for debris all across eastern and central Utah as mudslides were reported in several areas.
Check back here or read Thursday's Sun Advocate for further updates.
Additional traffic information can be found at Commuter Link http://commuterlink.utah.gov/