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Rain causes mudslide on Highway 50 in Sierra, causing traffic delays

Work to clean up mudslide continues on Highway 50

A section of Highway 50 damaged by winter storms was hit by a mudslide, causing traffic delays that are expected to continue into the weekend.
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A section of Highway 50 damaged by winter storms was hit by a mudslide, causing traffic delays that are expected to continue into the weekend.

A section of Highway 50 damaged by winter storms was hit by a mudslide, causing traffic delays that are expected to continue into the weekend.

California Department of Transportation crews will be working over the next few days to clear more than 50 truckloads of debris that fell Thursday onto the westbound lane at Alder Creek, a rural location between White Hall and Kyburz, according to a Caltrans news release.

Caltrans announced that one lane of the highway will be closed overnight and likely through Saturday and into Sunday. Traffic is being allowed to travel past the the slide in both directions at alternate intervals.

Steve Nelson, public information officer for Caltrans, said Friday that water was still flowing off the slope onto the roadway – and that there were plenty of boulders yet to be moved. Nelson said there was a chance that the highway could be cleared by Sunday afternoon.

Caltrans and its emergency contractor, Doug Veerkamp General Engineering Inc., will work over the next several days to clear the debris from roadway and stabilize the slope.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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