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May 29, 2014 at 6:32 PM

WSDOT: Highway 530 near Oso to reopen this weekend

At least a portion of Highway 530 near Oso will reopen this weekend, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced today.

Both directions of the highway were blocked after the massive mudslide on March 22. The highway is currently blocked from Whitman Road (milepost 36) to 310th Street Northeast (milepost 39) in north Snohomish County, WSDOT said.

WSDOT wouldn’t clarify how much of the highway will reopen but said it would announce the full details on Friday.

A 2-mile road around the mudslide area opened last month to assist local residents and those with business ties to Darrington, Oso or Arlington. Pilot cars guide drivers through the route, one direction at a time.

WSDOT has said previously that it hoped to move the route from the access road to Highway 530 by the second week of June.

A reconstructed highway through Oso will open to traffic by October, WSDOT estimates.

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