Mt. Loop Hwy. opens early after deadly Oso slide

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 7:44 PM

OSO, Wash. – One of the biggest challenges facing people living in the communities surrounding the massive Washington landslide is getting around. So, officials opened a dicey stretch of roadway Wednesday in hopes of alleviating some of the frustrations.

State Round 530, the major thoroughfare connecting Arlington and Darrington, was blocked by a seemingly endless field of debris. People are now forced to drive four times the distance to get from one town to the other.

While only 30 miles separate the two towns, drivers now have to take an 80-mile detour north.

The new option to get between the towns, however, is the Mountain Loop Highway, which had been closed due to snow. For people in Darrington, it’s a welcome relief.

“Right now I’m getting ready to head down the Mountain Loop Highway to meet up with a friend who’s going to help us out with some stuff to take care of us for now,” said Anna Batten who can’t afford the gas to take the long way around on Highway 20. “I’m taking my little car down there and hopefully it will make it for us.”

Officials recommend taking an all-wheel-drive vehicle on the 25 mph stretch of roadway.

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