Landslide closes part of SR-501 in Ridgefield - KPTV - FOX 12

Landslide closes part of SR-501 in Ridgefield

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A landslide led to the emergency closure of part of SR-501 in Ridgefield on Thursday morning.

The Washington State Department of Transportation reported that both directions were shut down between North Smythe Road and North Reiman Road at around 8 a.m. as hillside erosion threatened the highway.  

Crews were called out to clear the trees that fell over near power lines as a result of the slide.

Transportation workers expected to partially reopen the road by 2 p.m. Thursday, with drivers alternating though a single lane until repairs can be made.

Geotechnical engineers will assess the long-term stability of the slope and then determine the next steps.

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