[UPDATE 4 p.m. Friday] Good News! Hwy 1 Could Open Tomorrow or the Next Day; Hwy 101 Could Open as Soon as Monday
Good news for travelers of both Hwy 1 from Leggett to the coast and of Hwy 101 from Humboldt to points south. Both highways are getting unexpectedly early possible reopening dates.
According to Senator Mike McGuire, “Hwy. 1, near Leggett, is expected to open on Friday or Saturday to one lane traffic control (weather permitting).” The road has been closed for 99 days and is a major route to the coast.And, according to Mendocino Sheriff Tom Allman, who talked to Senator McGuire before talking to the Redheaded Blackbelt, Caltrans is “shooting to open Hwy 101 on Monday.”
Allman said that the contractor will begin working “24/7” tomorrow during the expected good weather.
McGuire was less direct in a tweet. He wrote, “Massive cleanup effort underway on Hwy 101 (north of Leggett). Closure anticipated to last thru weekend. @ pushing hard.”
Caltrans is not committing outwardly to Monday but they posted on their Facebook page, “Caltrans is committed to reopening this “Lifeline of the north coast” as quickly and safely as possible…Our contractor is also arranging for additional equipment and personnel to begin working a second 12-hour shift as soon as it is confirmed it is safe to work at night.”
UPDATE 4 p.m. Friday: Hwy 1 From Leggett to the Coast Set to Reopen This Weekend, Says Caltrans