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Rockslide that closed Highway 17 on Tuesday will force extended closure

Police have closed eight miles of Highway 17 between Mesa and Othello after a section of hillside gave way north of Mesa.
Police have closed eight miles of Highway 17 between Mesa and Othello after a section of hillside gave way north of Mesa. Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A rockslide that covered a portion of Highway 17 Tuesday will force the highway to remain closed for the next several days in both directions north of Mesa.

The highway will be closed from the junction of I-395 near Mesa to the junction of Highway 260, according to the state Department of Transportation. Crews will be clearing the roadway and stabilizing the hillside.

Washington state geologists were traveling to the area Tuesday to examine the slide and hillside, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said.

About eight miles of the highway was closed since early Tuesday morning. No one was caught in the slide.

People needing to travel through the area can use Highway 395 and Highway 260 to avoid the area.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.

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