Work on Devil's Slide more than halfway completed, Caltrans reports

| 7/14/2006

Repairs appear to be on schedule for the Devil’s Slide section of Highway 1 in California , which has been closed since April 2 when a sinkhole developed there.

A spokesman for the California Department of Transportation told The Associated Press the section of roadway is more than halfway repaired and should be fully reopened by Sept. 15.

“We are on schedule to finish as promised,” Caltrans Project Manager Keyhan Moghbel told The AP.

The closure, which is between Pacifica and Montara about 15 miles south of San Francisco, is believed to have been caused by massive rainfall, which fell steadily for more than a month in the region prior to the incident.

Inspectors believe the excess water created mudslides beneath the highway, which probably caused a sinkhole, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.