U.S. Highway 101 is expected to be fully closed until at least Wednesday after a landslide just north of Leggett engulfed the roadway between Sunday evening and early Monday morning, according to Caltrans District 1 Public Information Officer Myles Cochrane.
“That’s a rough estimate,” Cochrane said Monday about the reopening time.
Travelers coming to and from Humboldt County now must take Interstate Highway 5 by using State Routes 299 or 36. Caltrans District 2 crews are still working to clear an ongoing slide on State Route 299 near Big Bar, but Caltrans is allowing vehicles to pass through.
“Some people have had really good luck going through the 299 closure if you hit it at just the right time near the top of the hour,” Cochrane said. “If you hit it at the wrong time, you’re waiting for an hour.”
Cochrane said the Highway 101 slide is still considered active. The slide occurred about 10 miles north of Leggett in Mendocino County and was already under one-way traffic control for several weeks due to recent slide activity from the past winter storms, Cochrane said. When the most recent slide occurred, it took out a retaining fence that Caltrans had put up.
“It’s one more of those challenges that Mother Nature creates for us in this district, but we’re working on it as hard as we can,” Cochrane said.
Will Houston can be reached at 707-441-0504.