[Update 7:25 p.m.] Caltrans Still Can’t Put a Date on Reopening 101 Near Leggett
Due to continuing slide activity, Caltrans cannot yet put a date on reopening U.S. 101 north of Leggett in Mendocino County.
Our contractor began work today, removing 82 dump truck loads of material and removing a small portion of the rock fall fence, but had to shut down early because the slide became too active to continue safely. They intend to resume tomorrow, working 12-hour long days, 7 days per week, until the highway is reopened. The progress of the work, however, will be dependent on the weather and the continuing movement of the slide.
Safety is Caltrans #1 goal for our workers, our contractor’s workers, and the traveling public. We know that the closure is a hardship for many, and we are committed to safely reopening the highway as quickly as we can.
Update 7:25 p.m.: From the California Highway Patrol:
Due to increase in vehicle traffic and number of vehicles becoming stuck or disabled, the CHP and CalTrans will be restricting Bell Springs Road to local traffic only. The CHP and Caltrans are working together to come up with the best plan to reopen US 101 in the safest and most timely manner.
Once again the suggested alternate routes of travel north and south around the closure are either SR-299, SR-36 or SR-20 to Interstate 5. Bell Springs Road is restricted to local traffic only.
There have been reports of travelers being routed by their GPS to take Usal Rd. around the closure. Please do not attempt to try and take Usal Rd. which is a 4×4 trail/road and,, in its best condition during the summer, is a very challenging road. Do not attempt to take Usal Rd.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work together with Caltrans to reopen US 101