6 months later, traffic resumes on Washington highway hit by deadly landslide



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OSO, Washington — Traffic was for the most part flowing freely in two directions on a state highway that was blocked by a huge landslide six months ago in Washington state that killed 43 people.

State Highway 530 reopened to two-way, 50-mph traffic Monday night. On Tuesday, vehicles were travelling mostly without problems. At times, portions of the road were limited to one-way traffic by flaggers to accommodate heavy machinery and workers who were still installing guardrails and doing erosion-prevention work.

The highway was realigned and raised as much as 20 feet in places. As part of a $28 million project funded by federal emergency money, crews also installed six new culverts.

The deadly landslide struck about 55 miles north of Seattle on March 22.


Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

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