[UPDATE: Open] Hwy 101 Closed Due to Slide on Last Chance Grade

road closedAbout 4:30 p.m., a hillside with trees slumped onto Hwy 101 at mile marker 14.75 in Del Norte County. Traffic is completely stopped in both directions. The slide has completely blocked the road just north of Rudisill Road on Lost Chance Grade. There is no estimated time of reopening.

However, according to Phil Frisbee, spokesperson for Caltrans, “Slides are better that slipouts because you can move the material out of the way” instead of having to bring in material and rebuild the roadway. This could mean a quicker reopening.

“The trees mean it will take longer to clear though,” Frisbee explained. “Large debris will slow down cleanup.”

UPDATE 5:40 p.m.: Caltrans has posted photos of the slide:

Slide on Hwy 101

One lane road sign only highlights that Hwy 10 is completely closed. [All photos from Caltrans]

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UPDATE 7:38 p.m.: Caltrans reports, “Some trees have been removed, and traffic has been reopened to one-way traffic control unit 9 pm. At that time there will be a full closure for 4+ hours to remove the slide.

Caltrans QuickMap will provide the latest information about whether it is open or closed.

UPDATE Saturday: Here’s the latest information: Hwy 101 North Open at Last Chance Grade

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