Kern River Valley

Caltrans: Both lanes of Hwy 178 now open after mudslide

Caltrans: Both lanes of Hwy 178 now open after mudslide »Play Video
Highway 178 through the Kern River Canyon reopens to one lane Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, days after it was closed from mudslides. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Johnny Guillen)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Caltrans said both lanes of Highway 178 through the Kern River Canyon opened Friday afternoon.

One lane was opened at the end of last week, several days after a pair of mudslides closed the main route from Bakersfield to the Kern River Valley.

Rainstorms Aug. 19 caused the mudslides, one near the mouth of the canyon and one near Bodfish. Crews had to clear the mud and rocks and rebuild the roadway and guardrails in some spots.