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I-15 near Jefferson City now open after roadway crumbles

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UPDATE: (9:30pm) According to Jon Swartz with the Montana Department of Transportation, both directions on I-15 are now open, with two-way traffic in the southbound lane for about one to two miles south of the Jefferson City Interchange. 


UPDATE: The Southbound road has been re-opened. Northbound is still closed.


HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana authorities have closed an interstate highway in both directions after high water washed out a culvert running underneath it and caused the roadway to crumble.
  
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says Interstate 15 between Jefferson City and Boulder was shut down on Friday, and the closure continues Saturday.
  
Suggested detours between Helena and Butte include U.S. Highway 287 through Three Forks and U.S. Highway 12 through Garrison.
  
Western and central Montana streams and rivers are running high due to the rapidly melting mountain snow pack and recent rainfall in the area.
  
The rain, snow melt and saturated soils have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch Saturday across a swath of central Montana.
  
Flooding is ongoing in some western Montana waterways, including the Clark Fork and Bitterroot rivers.
 

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