Another road closes in rain-soaked northern California

| 4/11/2006

One day after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in seven California counties, another roadway in the northern part of the state was closed indefinitely because of heavy rains.

On Tuesday, April 11, a section of U.S. Highway 1, also known as Pacific Coast Highway, was closed south of Big Sur near Lucia. According to The Associated Press, mudslides and falling rocks caused by torrential downpours have closed the road indefinitely.

The closure is near another closure that happened last week on Highway 1 near Devil’s Slide, located between Pacifica and Montara. Inspectors believe rain, which has fallen steadily for more than a month in the region, created mudslides beneath the highway, which probably caused a sinkhole, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Caltrans officials did not specify when either of the roadways would be repaired, but advised motorists traveling through the area to find an alternate route.

On Sunday, April 2, the adverse weather closed U.S. Highway 152 between Mount Madonna and Carlton Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains after a small sinkhole developed into a large, washed-out section of roadway, according to The AP.

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