The reopening of Highway 530, originally scheduled for Monday, six months to the day after the deadly mudslide near Oso, has been delayed until Tuesday morning.
Steady rain falling the past two days has delayed the opening of Highway 530 to two-way, 50 mph traffic, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Contractor crews now plan to reopen the roadway in time for the morning commute on Tuesday.
The crews need dry weather to finish paving and restriping the roadway, according to the transportation department.
Drivers should prepare for delays of up to 20 minutes through Saturday evening as crews make progress on paving and temporary striping. Pilot cars will continue to direct traffic through the work zone on a one-way, alternating basis.
Highway 530 will reopen for two-way traffic at 25 mph from 8 p.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. Monday. There will be bumps and ridges in the roadway, so drivers should use caution, the transportation department said.
From 6 a.m. Monday to Tuesday morning, pilot cars will again direct traffic through the work zone on a one-way, alternating basis. Drivers should prepare for delays of up to 20 minutes.
Highway 530 will reopen to two-way, 50 mph traffic on Tuesday morning, weather permitting. Flaggers will occasionally direct traffic to ensure movement of construction equipment from Monday through Saturday, which could cause intermittent delays of up to 10 minutes.
The March 22 mudslide near Oso killed 43 people and caused millions of dollars in damage to homes and to Highway 530. The highway reconstruction project is funded with $28.1 million of federal emergency relief funding.