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The Latest: US 50 open throughout Sierra after mudslide

RENO, Nev. — The Latest on flooding and road closures due to mudslides and rock slides in Nevada and the Sierra (all times local PST):

2:25 p.m.

The California Highway Patrol has reopened a stretch of U.S. Highway 50 west of Lake Tahoe for the first time since last weekend when mudslides shut down the key mountain route connecting Sacramento to the alpine lake and its ski resorts.

Caltrans officials said Wednesday the highway is open in both directions throughout the Sierra from Placerville to Tahoe's south shore and into Nevada.

Traffic also is moving again on Highway 50 on Tahoe's east shore after a series of landslides forced its closure at the Cave Rock tunnel near Glenbrook on Feb. 8. One lane is open in each direction.

In California, three major mudslides and a series of smaller ones buried parts of a 30-mile stretch of Highway 50 last weekend in the Kyburz area east of Pollock Pines. One of the slides was more than 400-feet long.

To the north, crews continue to work to clear debris from mudslides along Interstate 80 in the Sierra near Baxter, California

Westbound trucks were being held against Wednesday afternoon at the Nevada line west of Reno. Westbound auto traffic is being detoured to California Highway 20 through Grass Valley. All eastbound lanes are open.

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The highway that runs along the east shore of Lake Tahoe has reopened a week after it was closed due to a series of rock slides.

State transportation officials say they reopened one lane in each direction of U.S. Highway 50 late Tuesday at the Cave Rock tunnel near Glenbrook.

The highway had been closed there since Feb. 8 after a half-dozen boulders the size of busses tumbled onto the roadway.

NDOT spokeswoman Meg Ragonese says crews have installed a pair of cement barriers fortified by gravel to help guard against any additional landslides.

She says experts are being called in to help smash some of the larger boulders on the hillside into smaller bits before they pose a danger.

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