Crews to begin rock hauling at site of Oklahoma rockslide

Rockslide (Courtesy: KFOR-TV)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma transportation officials say workers are preparing to start rock hauling at the site of a rockslide that has closed a portion of Interstate 35 between Oklahoma City and Dallas.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says contractors have almost completed removal of the unstable rock face in the Arbuckle Mountains. Over the next few weeks, trucks will haul about 14,000 tons of fallen rock away to a local quarry to be weighed and crushed. Officials say work is on schedule for all lanes of I-35 to be reopened by late August.

A June 18 rockslide caused by downpours from Tropical Depression Bill temporarily closed a portion of the highway. North and southbound I-35 remains narrowed to one lane in each direction and speed limits are reduced while the work continues.

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