Highway 530 reopens 2 months after Oso slide

Highway 530 reopens 2 months after Oso slide

Credit: KING

The Washington Department of Transportation plans to open Highway 530 on May 31, 2014 at noon. The highway has been closed since a major landslide covered the road on March 22.

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Updated Saturday, May 31 at 2:28 PM

OSO, Wash. -- Gov. Jay Inslee joined members of the Darrington community for a moment of silence before the highway closed by the Oso mudslide two months ago reopened on Saturday.

Members of the community walked the road before it officially opened.

READ: Steven Hadaway's body identified in Oso slide, family confirms

The highway will have single-lane alternating traffic with speed limits of 25 mph.

A 600-foot section of the highway is missing and some sections of the road will not be paved.

A detour around the mudslide area opened last month to assist local residents and those with business ties to the communities of Darrington, Oso or Arlington. Pilot cars guide drivers along that access road.

READ: Oso slide locals walk off spotter duty

WSDOT says the contractor has removed an estimate 9,000 cubic yards of material from SR 530.

Highway officials estimate a reconstructed highway through Oso will open to traffic by October.

The remains of 42 people have been recovered, with one more person known to be missing.

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