Weather-related problems continue to plague California roadways

| Friday, April 07, 2006

Torrential rains in northern California have caused a second section of roadway to be closed in one week.

California Route 152, located between Mount Madonna and Carlton Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains, was closed after a small sinkhole developed into a large, washed-out section of roadway, according to The Associated Press.

Officials with the California Department of Transportation are advising motorists to use nearby California Route 129 until the roadway can be repaired.

“We’ll be working weekend and around the clock as much as weather conditions permit, and hopefully get that section repaired in seven to 10 days,” a Caltrans spokesperson told The AP.

The wash-out on Route 152 was the second to occur this week in the same area of northern California. Heavy rains on Sunday, April 2, caused a sinkhole and road closure on California Route 1 near Devil’s Slide, located between Pacifica and Montara.

Inspectors believe heavy rainfall, which has fallen steadily for more than a month in the region, has created mudslides beneath the highway, which is probably causing the sinkhole, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Caltrans officials did not specify when or if the roadway would be repaired, but advised motorists traveling through the area to find an alternate route.

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