- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - The main road between Orange County and southwest Riverside County has reopened after workers cleared a rockslide that brought boulders onto the road.

A California Department of Transportation spokeswoman says a hillside above State Route 74, also known as the Ortega Highway, collapsed Sunday morning. The rock slide occurred near the border between the two counties.

Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga says crews removed about 20 truckloads of debris throughout the day. She says a geologist determined the hillside was stable enough to reopen the road, and will continue to do so when another storm was expected to sweep through the region this week.

Last week’s storm brought more than an inch of rain to the area.

The highway is a major commuter route.



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