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West Bound I-80 Closed For Hillside Excavation

UPDATE, Feb. 15, 11:25 a.m.: West bound I-80 is closed to all vehicles at SR-20. There is a detour in place for passenger vehicles. California Highway Patrol Truckee says tractor trailers are being turned at the Nevada State Line. 

Crews will be further excavating the hillside that slid before. CHP expects more slides to happen. 

More updates will be provided as they become available.

UPDATE, Feb. 15, 7:58 a.m.: Crews reopened Highway 50 Tuesday night.

Original Post: A key mountain route between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe is closed indefinitely because of a series of mudslides. Caltrans says crews are clearing three major slides and several smaller ones along a 30-mile stretch of Highway 50.

The highway is closed in both directions between the communities of Pollock Pines and Strawberry in El Dorado County. Workers on steep slopes are contending with hillsides that are sodden and loose from recent storms. A mudslide Sunday near Kyburz was more than 400 feet long.

Interstate 80 has also seen intermittent closures because of heavy snow and mudslides. As of Tuesday morning, there is one lane open on westbound I-80 at Highway 20 through Baxter.


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