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Caltrans: Hwy 101 north of Leggett open to one-way traffic again

Caltrans says motorists should expect delays

Optimistic in reopening Hwy 101,...

LEGGETT, Calif. - UPDATE 4/28 5:18 p.m.: Caltrans said U.S. Highway 101 been reopened to one-way traffic ahead of schedule at the slide located six miles north of Leggett in Mendocino County.


Caltrans ask that people exercise caution when traveling through the slide area, and pay extra attention to spotters and traffic control personnel. They also said motorists should anticipate delays.


 

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UPDATE 4/28/17 9:25 A.M: Caltrans District 1 said crews are currently working to reopen Highway 101 north of Leggett to one-way controlled traffic by sun down, barring any further slide activity. 

Caltrans said crews have cleared a path for vehicles and equipment to move between two staging areas on either side of the slide. 

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UPDATE 4/27/17 4:28 P.M.: CalTrans District 1 said that work to clear the slide has been temporarily stopped due to concerns over worker safety. 

CalTrans said they hope to reopen the highway to one-way traffic before the weekend but warn that continued slide activity may delay a reopening. 

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UPDATE 4/26/2017 5:30 p.m.: Caltrans said they are cautiously optimistic that they may be able to restore one-way traffic by this weekend.

Caltrans said their contractors were able to resume work after slide activity closed Highway 101 north of Leggett again last night and the slide has been sporadically active throughout the day. 

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UPDATE 4/26/2017 at 3:15 p.m: According to Caltrans Public Information Officer Eli Rohl, the amount of debris that came down on Tuesday evening is estimated to be about 5,000 to 7,000 cubic yards of debris.

The slide remains active and safety experts are on-site, according to officials.

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UPDATE 4/26/2017: The landslide that closed Highway 101 again last night has remained active through the night, according to Caltrans District 1. 

Around 10:30 a.m, a Caltran's contractor has given the okay to begin cleanup on the slide. 

There is no estimated reopening at this time, according to officials. 

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UPDATE 4/25: Another landslide has closed Highway 101 Tuesday night April 25, north of Leggett after just reopening to one-way traffic Monday, according to Caltrans District 1. 

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UPDATE 4/24: According to Caltrans District 1, Highway 101 has reopened six miles north of Leggett. Highway 101 was closed there for over a week due to a major slide. Caltrans officials said it is now under one-way traffic control. 

Caltrans advises the public to watch for flaggers, and drive slow in the cone zone. Drivers should also prepare for brief delays.

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Highway 101 will not be reopened this weekend and there are no local detours available, according to Caltrans District 1.

Officials say travel plans should include detouring over onto Interstate 5 via Highway 20, Highway 36, or Highway 299 to loop back towards Highway 101 on the other side of the closure. These detours could take upwards of seven hours.  

According to Caltrans District 1, work is progressing at both ends of the slide north of Leggett in Mendocino County this morning. 

Caltrans is evaluating whether the north end of the slide is stable enough to begin work safely through the night. 

If the slide is stable enough for work at night this would allow Caltrans contractor to work around the clock to get the highway reopened. 

Specialized equipment to help in removing debris will be airlifted next week, according to officials.

Caltrans District 1's best estimate in the reopening of Highway 101 to one way traffic control is sometime mid-to-late next week. 

 


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