Oso: 6 Months Later

Second group reaches $11.5 million Oso landslide settlement

OSO, Wash. (AP) — Six months after a hillside gave way and buried 43 people in the town of Oso, the community is taking another step toward recovery with the return of normal traffic on Highway 530.
The Transportation Department says it expects two-way traffic will be moving at 50 miles per hour on Tuesday. The department had expected the full reopening on Monday, but rain delaying paving and striping work.
The highway was re-aligned and raised as much as 20 feet in places. Crews also installed six new culverts as part of a $28 million project funded by federal emergency money. Landscaping work will continue to mid-October.
On Sunday evening, first responders and families of slide victims gathered for a ceremony to mark the 6-month anniversary of the March 22 slide.

OSO, Wash. (AP) — Six months after a hillside gave way and buried 43 people in the town of Oso, the community is taking another step toward recovery with the return of normal traffic on Highway 530.

The Transportation Department says it expects two-way traffic will be moving at 50 miles per hour on Tuesday. The department had expected the full reopening on Monday, but rain delaying paving and striping work.

The highway was re-aligned and raised as much as 20 feet in places. Crews also installed six new culverts as part of a $28 million project funded by federal emergency money. Landscaping work will continue to mid-October.

On Sunday evening, first responders and families of slide victims gathered for a ceremony to mark the 6-month anniversary of the March 22 slide.