East and westbound I-80 open
January 2, 2006
Traffic is again moving in both directions across the Sierra on Interstate 80 after being shut down for more than a day.
The major east-west corridor was shut down Saturday at 3 a.m. following a massive landslide that trapped six big rigs and four pieces of Caltrans equipment, took out between 300 to 400 feet of center median barrier and covered all four lanes of the interstate five miles east of Truckee.
No injuries were reported.
Following the slide, Caltrans officials said it would take at least two days to have the interstate open. Eastbound traffic, however, was allowed through the rugged Truckee River Canyon Sunday morning, and westbound travel was opened at about 4 p.m.
Meanwhile, Monday morning brought with it snow and chain controls on I-80. Chains are required on all vehicles except those with four-wheel-drive with snow tires from Kingvale to Truckee.
Westbound trucks are being checked for chains five miles west of Reno.