Update: Rains blamed for I-80 landslide; highway expected to reopen this evening

Published: Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2013 - 8:03 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 3, 2013 - 10:53 am

Heavy rains in the Sierra are blamed for a landslide that closed a section of Interstate 80 between Floriston and the state line this afternoon.

The highway was closed in both directions after mud and debris from the hillside slid into the westbound lanes of the I-80 about 4:30 p.m. Although the eastbound lanes were not affected by the slide, they were closed so state Department of Transportation crews could get equipment to the site. No injuries were reported.

As of 6 p.m., Caltrans spokeswoman Rochelle Jenkins said the eastbound lanes were about to reopen. She said westbound travel was expected to resume between 7:30 and 8 p.m.

She said the rain had stopped and no further slides had occurred. A geologist was en route to examine the site. With rain forecast for the area over the next couple of days, Jenkins said, Caltrans wants to make sure the hillside is stable.

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