New section of Highway 410 at Naches landslide

NACHES, Wash. (AP) Nearly three years after a landslide covered Highway 410 near Naches, the Washington Transportation Department is opening a new section of the highway to eliminate a 20-minute detour through the Nile Valley.

The department is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday with local elected officials at the site.

The slide in October 2009 closed the highway between Yakima and Chinook Pass. It rerouted the Naches River and damaged or flooded dozens of homes in the Nile Valley west of Naches.