ENVIRONMENT

Provo Canyon overpass closed temporarily due to rock fall

Mar 17, 2023, 4:00 PM

provo canyon is pictured, the canyon will be closed for the time being...

Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon is pictured on Friday, March 12, 2021. (Spenser Heaps/Deseret News)

(Spenser Heaps/Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah — The 800 North overpass that leads into Provo Canyon is closed and could stay closed for up to a week. 

Utah Department of Transportation Region 3 Spokesperson Jeff Dupaix said the off-ramp of the overpass keeps getting hit with rocks falling off the canyon wall.

“The pieces are really varying in size from small pebbles to larger sections that are, you know, two to three feet in diameter,” Dupaix said. “With that type of a situation, we want to make sure that the road is passable and safer for motorists. So in the meantime, that’s why we’re needing to close the road or at least that portion of the road.”

Dupaix said UDOT is getting a contractor who will go up on the cliff, clear debris and make sure it’s safe before the road re-opens.

But the timing all depends on the weather.

“With this type of rock when you get a lot of water and freezes and thaws, it’s like nature’s chisel. It just creates some bigger and bigger gaps in the rock and so then the rock will eventually give way,” Dupaix said.

So, UDOT has to wait for the right conditions to have a crew come and clean up.

Dupaix said people can still get up Provo Canyon by driving north on University Avenue.

UDOT will post updates about the closure on its social media accounts.

Related: 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Environment

great salt lake shown, a bill to preserve the lake has passed...

Adam Small

Utah Legislature passes massive bill aimed at helping Great Salt Lake

This bill subjects mineral extraction companies to the same rules as every other water user in Great Salt Lake Basin.

4 hours ago

Tulips are bulbs that you plant in the fall so they can be ready in the spring. They typically come...

Michelle Lee

It’s time for tulips to bloom

Tulips are getting ready to bloom. If you planted these in the fall, your garden will soon be filled with bright and colorful bulbs.

5 hours ago

In this remote camera image released by Friends of Big Bear Valley, are a pair of bald eagles stand...

Associated Press

Hatch watch is underway at a California bald eagle nest monitored by a popular online camera feed

Southern California Mountains has an eagle laying on her eggs while people watch to see the eggs hatch from a video on their devices.

8 hours ago

Winter conditions...

Carter Williams, KSL.com

Here’s what to expect as remnants of California blizzard head to Utah

Much of Utah is under a winter weather advisory as remnants of California's blizzard heads to Utah. Wind and cold temperatures on the way.

9 hours ago

Example of a possible future salvage project on Lake Powell....

Derrick Jones

Lake Powell asks for public’s help locating possible salvage

Park officials want to know where sunken vessels were seen as Lake Powell reached record low levels.

11 hours ago

FILE: High winds toppled trees that had stood for decades at the Ft. Douglas Post Cemetery, damagin...

Simone Seikaly

Rocky Mountain Power preparing for potentially strong wind storm in Salt Lake

The National Weather Service said wind gusts could reach 65 miles per hour in portions of western Utah valleys on Saturday.

23 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Provo Canyon overpass closed temporarily due to rock fall