The Ogden River washed away a section of State Road 39 on Thursday.
A day after a section of State Road 39 through Ogden Canyon was washed away by the high-flowing Ogden River, the road is — partially — reopened to traffic.
Only one lane is currently open and road wardens only allow traffic to pass in one direction at a time, with a set of traffic lights helping drivers guide the way.
No date has been announced for the road to fully reopen, according to the Utah Department of Transportation. However, the Weber County Sheriff’s Office said officers will be monitoring the condition of the road for the next “several days” before finally opening it to oncoming traffic.
The road was closed on Thursday because of the erosion, according to UDOT. The shoulder closest to the river and part of a driveway near mile post 9 had been washed away, forcing the closure from the canyon’s mouth to Pineview Reservoir.
On Friday, the emergency services continued the repair work on the road.
Questions about the Ogden Marathon
The proposed route of the annual Ogden Marathon – scheduled for Saturday May 20 – would take runners through the affected State Road 39 area. It’s unclear if the race will be affected.
Organizers took to social media to announce that after meeting with representatives from Weber County, Ogden City and UDOT, they will be “releasing an official update with full details” for this year’s race late Monday afternoon.
They added that they were “optimistic” and were working on developing contingency plans.
“Our top priority is the safety of our participants and community,” wrote Eric Bauman, executive director/CEO of the GOAL Foundation, which sponsors the marathon.