Highway 58 reopens after major mudslide cleanup effort

Highway 58 in Kern County reopens at 8 p.m. Wednesday after a six-day closure from a major mudslide during a severe storm, the California Highway Patrol said.

Capt. Paul Medeiros said that 78 passenger vehicles, two buses, 36 trucks, an RV and a travel trailer were covered in 5 to 6 feet of mud during the incident. The dirt covered 1.5 miles of highway between the Cameron Road overcrossing and post mile 166. No one was hurt.

Workers have removed around 75,000 cubic yards of soil in the last six days, Medeiros said. They also drained standing water, cleared drainage systems and repainted roadway stripes.

Motorists should expect to see continued cleanup efforts on Highway 58. Drivers are asked to slow down and move over for workers.