Highway Buried Under Mud Will Be Rebuilt Higher

By Jamala Henderson - KUOW

Washington state transportation officials say the mile long stretch of Highway 530 covered in debris from the OSO landslide will be rebuilt in the same location. But the new road will be elevated.

Travis Phelps, a spokesman for Wash-DOT says they took a lot of feedback from residents in the affected area.

Phelps: "When the Slide came down it changed the entire geology of the valley floor. It changed the way the Stillaguamish river flows and really kinda how its behaving. And what we heard loud and clear from alot of the community is get the road open. And this allows us to use those federal dollars from the emergency declaration to essentially build in the same spot but we know there's alot of water issues there. The elevation of the highway is going to help deal with that."

Phelps says that the design phase is still in its very early stages. Wash-DOT is hoping to rebuild this summer and open Highway 530 sometime in the fall.

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