Eastbound I-80 now open
January 1, 2006
After predicting that it would take two days to clear a mudslide blocking Interstate 80 between Truckee and Reno, Caltrans announced Sunday that eastbound lanes are now open.
Crews worked through the night to clear a series of mudslides that blocked the Interstate at 3 a.m. Saturday morning, according to Mark Dinger, a Caltrans spokesman.
“Thanks to a lot of hard work by our maintenance forces, our contractors and the California Highway Patrol, we are going to meet the needs of the traveling public,” Caltrans Director Will Kempton said in a press release.
The slides, which 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 major east-west route over the Sierra five miles east of Truckee.
No injuries were reported because of the slide.
Saturday night, contractors removed more than 1300 cubic yards of slide material from the roadway. Crews are still working to stabilize a slope north of the slide area. One of two westbound lanes could be re-opened by 5 p.m. Sunday, Dinger said.
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He added that motorists, who should still expect delays, are urged to move through the area cautiously and to be prepared for more inclement weather.