Long lines of cars, semi-trucks and logging trucks waited to be escorted by a pilot car through the new SR 530 access route for the first time since Oso landslide.
The Washington State Department of Transportation opened the single lane, dirt route at midnight Tuesday. A pilot car led drivers westbound at the top of the hour, then turned around and led cars going eastbound at the bottom of the hour. The speed limit is also reduced from 50 mph to 10 mph.
Commuters were excited to have a more direct route between Arlington and Darrington instead of the two hour detour. But many say they're sad and nervous about driving by the Oso landslide.
"I’m a little nervous. I don’t really want to go through there. It’s impacted everyone so much it’s been a devastating deal,” said logging truck driver Jim Seed.
WSDOT is warning this route is only for locals, commerce and logging trucks. Troopers are going to monitor the traffic flow to make sure no one’s stopping and checking out the landslide.