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Mudslide closes SR-7

12:57 pm March 17th, 2014

A closure of State Route 7 Monday morning kept traffic away a section of the highway that was blocked by a mudslide. (Tony Sirgedas/The Dispatch)

A closure of State Route 7 Monday morning kept traffic away a section of the highway that was blocked by a mudslide. (Tony Sirgedas/The Dispatch)

A mudslide has closed a portion of State Route 7 in rural south Pierce County for at least Monday and possibly longer, according to state highway officials.
The slide was reported at about 7 a.m. Monday, resulting in no injuries to motorists but blocking the highway near Ohop Valley Road and 416th Street East. Workers using heavy machinery were removing an estimated 100 yards of mud, rocks and other debris, but the affected section of highway was closed for safety reasons for the rest of Monday and possibly into the Tuesday morning commute hours, said Doug Adamson, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation (DOT).
Officials are determining the likelihood of more slides before deciding when to reopen the highway, Adamson said.
During the closure, traffic on SR-7 is being detoured through Eatonville via Eatonville Cutoff Road and State Route 161.
The apparent cause of the slide was at least partially attributed to recent heavy rain, Adamson said.

3 Responses to Mudslide closes SR-7

  1. Ella Reply

    March 17, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I went through there at about 6:15 am this morning and I guess I just missed it! Thank goodness! Would have wrecked my day.

  2. Eric Watson Reply

    March 17, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Wouldnt this be caused by logging off to many trees?

  3. Tony Sirgedas Reply

    March 17, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Not a logging issue at this location. This is a common site for smaller slides that occur in the right of way for the major power lines that come off the hillside and cross the Ohop Valley. The road in this one mile section is cut into the hillside and has been prone to slides and road closures for decades.

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