Landslide closes scenic road in Badlands National Park


WALL (AP) – A scenic road in Badlands National Park has been closed because of a 300-feet long landslide, officials said.

The park's acting maintenance chief Ken Thompson says Sage Creek Rim Road is closed from Highway 240 south of Wall and west about 6.5 miles.

The landslide was discovered on Jan. 5 by a maintenance crew conducting an assessment of the road, Thompson said.

Crews are planning to re-open the dirt road by moving its width further to the north, away from the landslide and onto more stable ground. The emergency solution is expected to be completed within two weeks, the Rapid City Journal reported.

Federal highway engineers will survey the area for road realignment as a more long-term solution.

Gates have been put up to prevent people from driving on the road, but cyclist and hikers are free to enter, Thompson said.

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