Traffic moving over Hwy 178; Hwy closed after mudslides

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Clean up on Highway 178 progressed faster than expected, according to the California Highway Patrol. One lane on the highway opened on Friday morning.

Multiple rock slides closed Highway 178 at the mouth of Kern Canyon, Monday. 

Boulders and dirt covered both lanes.

Cal-Trans officials said that about 90 percent of the rock and mud has been cleared from the road. 

Cal-Trans is bringing geologists from Sacramento to analyze the saturation of the hill due to the culverts. Officials said they need to ensure the safety of the road before traffic can resume.

As of Thursday morning, Cal-Trans crews are still operating heavy equipment in and out of the Kern River Canyon. All traffic is directed to use alternate routes in and out of the Canyon.

Motorists may expect long delays in this area and are encouraged to avoid this area or use an alternate route whenever possible.

Signage will be in place along advising motorists of the closures and delays.

Officials said that most of the highway will be closed at least through the weekend. Closures may continue for a longer period of time if necessary.

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