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SR 166 re-opened

State Route 166, which was closed early Thursday morning due to a mudslide near Port Orchard, was re-opened at 4 p.m., the Washington State Department of Transportation reported.

Duke Stryker, a maintenance superintendent for WSDOT’s Olympic Region, said the slide occurred on an unstable at milepost 2 on SR 166, just at the Port Orchard City limits.

The road was then closed before the morning commute and drivers eastbound were routed to SR 16 , while those westbound on Bay Street were detoured up Port Orchard Boulevard.

“We have a history of an unstable slope in that area,” Stryker said Thursday shortly before noon, explaining that after geotechs assessed the area, WSDOT crews began working on the area to remove any loose material.

“They’ve been out there a couple of hours, and should have the road open by 2 p.m. or 3 p.m.,” he said.

After the road reopens, Stryker said crews will continue monitoring the area to make sure there is no further movement on the slope.

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