SR 14 Landslide Could Cause Delays for Two Weeks
State Route 14 is now open after a thunderstorm brought significant rainfall causing a landslide near the Benton County and Klickitat County border, but clean up efforts will delay drivers for the next couple of weeks.
The Washington State Department of Transportation will have crews on the highway cleaning up debris and mud from the ditches alongside the road.
The clean up will cause single lane closures and could delay drivers as much as 20 minutes.
WSDOT said the repaving and clean up will cost as much as $150,000 in early estimates.
The landslide caused parts of the road between Alderdale and Roosevelt to get ripped up and crews have been working around the clock to repave the road that was damaged.
Washington State Department of Transportation closed down a 67 mile stretch between Paterson and Goldendale immediately following the landslide.
The railroad track near the area also shut down but opened back up at 12:30 Monday morning.
Crews from WSDOT and Burlington Northern Sante Fe started cleaning up the area right after the landslide hit, and have most of the debris off the roadway and train tracks.
Amtrak service between Portland and Spokane resumed at 2:30 P.M. Monday and the first train left Portland at 4:45 P.M.