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April 29, 2014 at 4:52 PM

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'Primitive' one-lane road opens around 530 slide debris


ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Vehicles make it past debris from the Oso mudslide heading eastbound on a 'primitive' one-lane road around the Highway 530 slide area Tuesday afternoon, March 29, 2014. The road opened at midnight Monday, according to WSDOT. The road will be open 24 hours a day, but logging trucks will only be allowed through between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. The roadway, which has been used by Seattle City Light crews, is part dirt, part gravel and has some asphalt sections. It runs south of the debris field east of Oso.

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ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

A destroyed vehicle and a flag at half staff can be seen from a one-lane road around the Highway 530 slide area Tuesday afternoon.

ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Vehicles heading westbound drive on the one-lane road around the Highway 530 slide area. The two-mile route is intended for local residents, although drivers will not need to show ID. Vehicles travel behind pilot cars, and no stops are allowed. State troopers are stationed on each end of the restricted section.

ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

As work is done in the background on the mudslide which covers Highway 530 near Oso, traffic is directed toward a 'primitive' one-lane road around the Highway 530 slide area Tuesday. Travis Phelps, WSDOT spokesman, said caravans will be led through the area in the westbound direction every hour on the hour, and eastbound every hour on the half-hour.

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