The Department of Transportation says the stretch of Highway 530 buried by the Oso mudslide could open by late June. The Everett Herald reports DOT officials say the re-opened stretch would be in rough shape but would create a more direct link to Darrington, which was cut off by the massive slide.
The update was provided to Gov. Jay Inslee as he visited the mudslide site on Thursday to inspect the clean-up progress.
Work on clearing the highway began May 6. DOT officials say 23,000 cubic yards of mud have already been hauled away.
The March 22 mudslide that buried dozens of homes also covered about a mile of the highway. The slide killed 41 people and left two missing.
May 16, 2014/ OSO, WA (AP)