US 50, Westbound I-80 Open Throughout Sierra After Mudslide

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol has reopened a stretch of U.S. Highway 50 west of Lake Tahoe for the first time since last weekend when mudslides shut down the key mountain route connecting Sacramento to the alpine lake and its ski resorts.

As of Wednesday night, Caltrans also reports that westbound lanes have reopened on Interstate 80 following the mudslide at Baxter.

Caltrans officials said Wednesday the highway is open in both directions throughout the Sierra from Placerville to Tahoe’s south shore and into Nevada.

Traffic also is moving again on Highway 50 on Tahoe’s east shore after a series of landslides forced its closure at the Cave Rock tunnel near Glenbrook on Feb. 8. One lane is open in each direction.

In California, three major mudslides and a series of smaller ones buried parts of a 30-mile stretch of Highway 50 last weekend in the Kyburz area east of Pollock Pines. One of the slides was more than 400-feet long.

To the north, crews continue to work to clear debris from mudslides along Interstate 80 in the Sierra near Baxter, California.

Westbound trucks were being held against Wednesday afternoon at the Nevada line west of Reno. Westbound auto traffic is being detoured to California Highway 20 through Grass Valley. All eastbound lanes are open.