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Interstate 5 lane closures continue after rock slide

WSDOT removes hazardous rocks from I-5 south of Bellingham

Workers remove hazardous rocks next to I-5 south of Bellingham on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2016. Work should be finished on the project by next week.
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Workers remove hazardous rocks next to I-5 south of Bellingham on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2016. Work should be finished on the project by next week.

Daily lane closures will continue for at least several days as crews clear debris and cope with a rock slide that occurred last week near the Lake Samish exit on northbound Interstate 5 south of Bellingham.

A massive boulder that had been hanging precariously about 30 feet above the freeway was removed Saturday, said Andrea Petrich, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation. She said the right lane was closed for about a quarter-mile as a precaution near milepost 248.

Although the immediate hazard was removed, lane restrictions would continue from about 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily as WSDOT crews stabilize the steep hillside and install rock bolts and drains, Petrich said.

She said crews were waiting for the bolts to arrive, and that there was no immediate timetable for completion.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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