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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.

PHOTO: Workers put erosion-prevention measures in place above the rebuilt road between Darrington, Wash., and Arlington, Wash., that was wiped out by the devastating mudslide that killed 43 people last March in the community of Oso, Wash., Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. The road re-opened Monday night to two-way, 50 mph traffic. The highway was realigned and raised as much as 20 feet in places. Crews also installed six new culverts. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Workers put erosion-prevention measures in place above the rebuilt road between Darrington, Wash., and Arlington, Wash., that was wiped out by the devastating mudslide that killed 43 people last March in the community of Oso, Wash., Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. The road re-opened Monday night to two-way, 50 mph traffic. The highway was realigned and raised as much as 20 feet in places. Crews also installed six new culverts. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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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PHOTO: FILE - This combination of March 27, 2014 and Sept. 23, 2014 photos shows receeding flood waters on Washington Highway 530 on the eastern edge of the massive mudslide that struck Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Oso, Wash. and the rebuilt and raised roadway which re-opened to two-way 50 mph traffic on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, Pool, File)
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