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Mudslide cleanup halts canyon traffic

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What was expected to be a four-hour cleanup project to remove debris from a mudslide in American Fork Canyon turned into a 24-hour headache for motorists and road crews.

A 75-foot mudslide covered portions of both U-144 and U-92 with 3 feet of mud Monday night. Officials blamed soil erosion caused by a recent heavy rains for the slippage.

The Utah Highway Patrol had expected to have traffic moving by early Tuesday. Instead it took until Tuesday afternoon to reopen U-92. Officials said U-144 should be reopened sometime today.