US-730 re-opens in Walla Walla county after closure from rock slides

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — US-730, a popular trucking route that links Walla Walla County’s Wallula Junction with the Oregon state border, has re-opened after falling rocks and unstable terrain forced transportation officials to shut down the roadway nearly two weeks ago.

The real-time travel map on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) website shows that US-730 is open for travel. All travel alerts that were formerly posted to WSDOT’s alert system have been cleared.

US-730 mostly runs through northern Oregon but connects with southern Washington through rural sections of Walla Walla County.

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At the time of the closure, WSDOT officials did not post an expected time or re-opening. However, transportation officials have deemed the roadway safe for re-entry following dangerous rockslides that threatened travelers in trucks and other commercial vehicles commuting through it.

Located approximately 13 miles south of Pasco at the junction with US-12, the roadway extends all the way to Morrow County, Oregon.

This is a developing news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are publically revealed.

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