State Route 188 reopens after huge mudslide

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 22 at 4:47 PM

PHOENIX -- A stretch of rural state highway northeast of Phoenix now is reopened after road crews spent hours cleaning up six feet of mud and granite from overnight rains.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says State Route 188 was shut down around 6 a.m. Wednesday after the mud and rock flowed over the roadway. A section of guardrail also was damaged.

The affected section of State Route 188 was roughly 13 miles north of Roosevelt Lake and 20 miles south of Jakes Corner. It's the main route to Payson.

ADOT officials say the highway was reopened in both directions Wednesday afternoon after safety checks were completed.

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