- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

OSO, Wash. (AP) - The state Department of Transportation says a section of Highway 530 destroyed by the Oso mudslide last March is set to reopen to two-way traffic on Monday.

The devastating slide wiped out dozens of homes and entombed 43 people when it struck March 22.

The DOT says that for the past two weeks, crews have been grading and paving the western half of the rebuilt roadway while pilot cars directed traffic through the work zone on a one-way, alternating basis. The final layer of pavement and striping is due to be completed this weekend.

Drivers should still expect minor delays Mondays through Saturdays as final work is completed, including preparing soil for landscaping and installing rocks to protect the slope leading up to the newly elevated roadway.

The federal government is paying for the work with $28.1 million in emergency relief money.

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