[UPDATE: Reopened] The Avenue of the Giants is Closed Due to Tree Down and Fiber Optic Line Blocking the Road
The Avenue of the Giants (Route 254) is closed north of Myers Flat. A falling tree brought utility lines onto the road about 8:30 a.m. ATT whose lines are on the road told emergency dispatch that “all workers [are] on strike…Will attempt to find someone to go.”
But by 10:16, Caltrans apparently was frustrated with the lack of response. They told the dispatch, according to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page, that “ATT…must respond or Caltrans will cut the line/Cannot close a highway indefinitely–and will be billed.”
ATT responded that they have contractors on the way but “recommends not cutting the line as it is the fiber optic line that services all of Humboldt County.”
So, the road is closed with no estimated time of reopening.
UPDATE: Caltrans says the road is now reopened.