OSO, Washington — Six months after a hillside gave way in the Washington town of Oso, burying 43 people and blocking a state highway, the community is taking another step toward recovery with the return of normal traffic on the route.
The Transportation Department says it expects two-way traffic on Highway 530 will be moving at 50 mph Tuesday. The department had expected the full reopening Monday, but rain delayed paving and striping work.
The highway was realigned and raised as much as 20 feet in places. Crews also installed six new culverts as part of a $28 million project funded by federal emergency money. Landscaping work will continue until mid-October.
On Sunday evening, first responders and families of slide victims gathered for a ceremony to mark the six-month anniversary of the March 22 slide.
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