Route from NYC to Montreal closed after mudslide

| Thursday, June 16, 2005

Drivers hauling between New York City and Montreal may want to re-check their route plan.

Officials from the New York Department of Transportation said it could be weeks before a section of Interstate 87 – which is a major artery between the two cities – reopens following damage caused by mudslides on Monday, June 13.

Heavy rains on that night caused a massive mudslide that shut down both sides of the highway between Exits 23 and 25, about 65 miles north of Albany, according to media reports.

Traffic is being directed onto nearby Route 9, a two-lane road that passes through several villages and towns in the Adirondacks.

Crews are working around the clock to repair the damage to the Interstate, and department officials said they could not speculate on exactly how long it would take.