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Anticipate traffic delays during landslide cleanup

Renée Shadforth

Photo by Court Leve/Sun News Service A landslide on Interstate 80, five miles east of Truckee, left debris in the roadway, closing the highway for a day and a half. Motorists should expect delays on that stretch of interstate this week as crews continue the cleanup effort.

Cleanup began this week on a landslide that shook loose roughly 2,000 cubic yards of debris Saturday onto Interstate 80, five miles east of Truckee, closing the roadway for more than a day and a half.During the closure, crews moved approximately 150 dump truck loads of rocks and dirt to the side of the interstate. This week cleanup crews will transport the debris to a landfill in Sparks, Nev., said Shelly Chernicki, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation.”There will be [single-lane] closures throughout the week,” Chernicki said. “They will be cleaning ditches, shoulders and clearing drain inlets.”

The intermittent lane closures will occur between the Nevada-Sierra County line and the Mystic turnout in the Truckee River Canyon.Public resources have been and will continue to be thrown at the slide incident and cleanup. Caltrans officials estimate it will cost approximately $5 million to clean up the slide area. The Truckee area California Highway Patrol deployed nearly 100 percent of its officers to the slide area over the weekend, according to Information Officer Steve Skeen.Granite Construction out of Reno and Lorang Brothers Construction out of Colfax have been contracted by Caltrans to clean up the slide area.

No injuries were reported in the slide.Cattle truck wreck

The 3 a.m. slide came shortly after crews completed cleanup on a cattle truck accident on the same stretch of Interstate 80 early Saturday morning.The truck driver was headed down Interstate 80 Friday evening when he swerved to avoid debris, which had fallen from the hillside onto the roadway, and rolled the tractor trailer.”We had a bunch of cows get loose,” Skeen said. “We’re still looking for two cows. Our concern is that they’ll wander onto the roadway.”No one was killed or injured in the accident. Skeen said drivers should approach the Truckee River Canyon’s road with caution.