WOODLAND, Wash. -- Traffic is backed up for miles on southbound Interstate 5 near Woodland after crews closed two lanes to make emergency repairs to potholes on the freeway Friday.
A 5-foot pothole was reported on southbound I-5 at milepost 26, near Woodland, on Thursday.
Traffic was temporarily blocked for less than 30 minutes as crews worked to repair the pothole Thursday evening. However, the patch over the pothole did not hold so one lane of southbound I-5 was closed Thursday night.
Crews closed two lanes Friday while they worked to fix the pothole again. At 2:30 p.m., the Washington State Department of Transportation reported only one lane was closed and that there was a 13-mile backup.
Landslide closes northbound I-5 in Woodland on Thursday
Meanwhile, two lanes of northbound Interstate 5 are open in Woodland after a landslide closed the road for about five hours, including during the evening commute. One lane will remain closed through the weekend.
The landslide was first reported at around 4 p.m. Thursday. One car was hit by the slide but no one was injured.
Authorities diverted traffic off the freeway at exit 22 while working to move the debris. The road was reopened at 9 p.m. and crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation planned on monitoring the hillside overnight.
Rain has pounded the Willamette Valley and southwest Washington the last couple of days, with Portland getting hit with record rain for Feb. 16.
Record rainfall today: Eugene 1.69 and PDX 1.54 inches through 4 pm. PDX now at 8.76 inches for Feb.— NWS Portland (@NWSPortland) February 17, 2017
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