We can't make a firm reopening prediction yet, but hope to be able to sometime tomorrow or at the worst case, on Friday. Regardless, it can't happen before this weekend so travelers should make plans to take an alternate route.
The crews are working daylight hours until it reopens, so if it can open Saturday or Sunday, they'll do it.
Right now, we've got 25 techs and a mechanic, plus the Lloyd Logging Caterpillar operator on site. Equipment in use: 4 loaders, 3 excavators, a bulldozer, a road grader, a sweeper, a water truck and 10 dump trucks.
Tuesday they cleared two of the eight slides and today, made more serious progress. The estimate for mud and debris on the roadway is 30,000 cubic yards.
When that's cleared, there's still guardrail repair, drainage and ditching work and some pavement damage that will have to be fixed before the road can open to traffic.
They're doing their best and frankly, the progress in two days of clearing is impressive.