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Rock slab at Timpanogos prompts plan for new exit

Rock slab at Timpanogos prompts plan for new exit



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AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) -- Managers of Timpanogos Cave in Utah County are seeking public comment on a plan to create a new exit for safety reasons.

Cave Superintendent Denis Davis says a scientist working on a shelter for the cave exit noticed a large rock slab that could fall near the exit, putting visitors and employees in danger.

In light of that discovery, an explosives expert suggested both blasting off the rock slab and moving the trail into a position that would be safer from other falling rocks.

Cave Resource Manager Cami Pulham says a new stairway would be placed at the exit of the cave and descend along the cliff face. A current exit roof would be extended to cover the stairway, which would then meet up with the present trail below.

Cave managers are taking comment on the plan through Dec. 21. Construction would begin next spring or early summer.

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Information from: The Daily Herald

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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