VERNAL, Utah (ABC4 news) – One lane of travel has been reopened for local traffic after flood damaged parts of SR 191 Saturday night near Vernal.
Utah Department of Transportation spokesperson John Gleason said a culvert about 8 miles north of Vernal failed. This allowed for water to back up and spill onto the roadway, causing parts of the road to buckle and drop.
Gleason said the road was closed late Saturday night and was expected to be closed for about 24 hours but they have been able to reopen one lane of travel for now.
The road is a main passage way for those traveling to Flaming Gorge and for local workers who are employed at the mine owned by Simplot Phosphates.
Gleason said they will continue to provide updates throughout the day and travelers should check UDOT Region Three Twitter before going that direction.
We will continue to update as more information becomes available.