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