Mountain Highway re-opens in Eatonville

This just in from WSDOT: 

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SR 7 reopens at site of mudslide

EATONVILLE – State Route 7 has reopened along a 1.5-mile segment near Eatonville between Ohop Valley Road and 416th Street East. The road had been closed since March 17 because of a mudslide and subsequent observation.

 On Monday, a slide consisting of 100 cubic yards of debris covered both highway lanes near 416th Street East. Washington State Department of Transportation crews removed the debris and WSDOT geotechnical engineers spent the week monitoring the hillside for additional earth movement.

 Motorist safety is WSDOT’s highest priority. Over the week, little earth movement was detected.  That fact, along with a dry weather forecast, led to the decision to reopen the road.

 WSDOT will continue to monitor the area, and should additional earth movement be seen or a forecast for heavy rains develop, WSDOT will reevaluate the decision to allow traffic through the area. 

 WSDOT keeps people, businesses and the economy moving by operating and improving the state’s transportation systems. To learn more about what we’re doing, go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/news/ for pictures, videos, news and blogs.

Real time traffic information is available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic or by dialing 511.

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