Highway Reopens Following Closure Due to Suspicious Item Investigation

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Update by edhat staff
5:40 p.m., May 27, 2022

Highway 101 is now back open.


Update by edhat staff
3:45 p.m., May 27, 2022

All lanes of Highway 101 are still closed near Cat Canyon Road due to an investigation of a suspicious item.

Northbound lanes are being directed off at Los Alamos to Hwy. 135. Southbound lanes are being taken off at Union Valley Pkwy. in Santa Maria and directed to Hwy. 135.

There is no estimated time for reopening, according to Caltrans.

At 2:00 p.m., Caltrans reported all lanes of Highway 101 at Cat Canyon Rd. north of Los Alamos are reopened. It's unclear if the roadway opened and then shut back down again or if the reopening report was made in error.


Update by edhat staff
12:45 p.m., May 27, 2022

Caltrans has updated the closure to include both north and southbound lanes of Highway 101.

Northbound lanes will be diverted at Los Alamos onto Hwy. 135. Southbound lanes will exit at Union Valley Pkwy. in Santa Maria and on to Hwy. 135.


By edhat staff
12:00 p.m., May 27, 2022

Caltrans announced all southbound lanes of Highway 101 at Cat Canyon Road will close at 1:00 p.m. today, as requested by the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Just before noon, Caltrans posted a "SIG ALERT" announcing CHP is working in the area and requested the roadway to be closed for 30 minutes to one hour.

A detour is available via southbound Highway 135.

According to the CHP, law enforcement is being called out to investigate a suspicious item that was found off the roadway that may or may not be an explosive.

This is a developing story.

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Lucky 777 May 28, 2022 09:16 AM
Highway Reopens Following Closure Due to Suspicious Item Investigation

So, do we assume it was a boondoggle, a false alarm? Interesting there is no description of what someone reported as suspicious, and then no word that it was nothing. For how many thousands of people who were inconvenienced you'd think they'd release more info.

bicyclist May 28, 2022 09:54 AM
Highway Reopens Following Closure Due to Suspicious Item Investigation

That was supposed to say: PSTARSR ... My favorite quote from the noozhawk "Update" was/is "The bomb team from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to examine the item, Barriga said.". Seems to be the resolve? So a closure for 4 1/2 hours and...? maybe Roger knows?

a-1653734412 May 28, 2022 03:40 AM
Highway Reopens Following Closure Due to Suspicious Item Investigation

Live reports from SLO news, Friday 6:20 p.m.
"The California Highway Patrol office in Santa Maria is currently closed and emails sent by The Tribune inquiring about the state of the highway closure and investigation have not received a response.
Read more at: https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article261872140.html#storylink=cpy

a-1653722314 May 28, 2022 12:18 AM
Highway Reopens Following Closure Due to Suspicious Item Investigation

what a mess
keyt
By Jade Martinez-Pogue, Lily Dallow
today at 3:26 pm
Published May 27, 2022 12:11 pm

North and southbound Highway 101 lanes north of Los Alamos close temporarily Friday due to a possible bomb
KEYT
LOS ALAMOS, Calif. – All southbound and northbound Highway 101 lanes at Cat Canyon Road are closed again for an investigation of a possible bomb, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Caltrans said the lanes were closed first at 1:00 p.m., and then again just before 3:00 p.m. when the Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Office arrived to investigate the scene.
Workers closed down the highway due to a possible home made bomb near Cat Canyon that a Caltrans worker found on Friday morning at 10:07 a.m., according to CHP
CHP officers said they responded to the scene and set up a command post, and notified the County Sheriffs Office.
This second closure is supposed to be lifted at 4:00 p.m., according to CHP.
However, Caltrans said there is no estimated time for reopening.

The first closure at 1:00 p.m. was supposed to last about 30 minutes, according to Jim Shivers, spokesman for CalTrans District 5.
Northbound lanes were diverted to Highway 135 at Los Alamos, and the southbound lanes exited at Union Valley Parkway in Santa Maria and onto Highway 135, Shivers said.
As of 1:49 p.m., all lanes were reopened, before closing again around 3:00 p.m.

a-1653713693 May 27, 2022 09:54 PM
Highway Reopens Following Closure Due to Suspicious Item Investigation

A report with no real information from Noozhawk:

"With Memorial Day Weekend traffic in full swing, authorities shut down Highway 101 near Los Alamos for hours Friday afternoon while they investigated a suspicious object that was discovered near the roadway.
Caltrans issued a Sig Alert for the shutdown of the highway at Cat Canyon Road, which started at 1 p.m. and ended around 5:30 p.m. The closure was initially expected to last an hour or less.

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/discovery_of_suspicious_object_prompts_shutdown_of_highway_101_near_los_ala

a-1653688927 May 27, 2022 03:02 PM
Highway Reopens Following Closure Due to Suspicious Item Investigation

There is a bunch of weird terrible scary stuff going down yesterday and today!

Incident: 00167
Type: Fatality
Location: Us101 N / Las Varas Canyon Loc Desc: AT Lat/Lon: 34.482611 -119.964695
Detail Information
2:21 PM 2 [4] FIRE INSIDE TK
2:21 PM 1 [2] OFF THE RDWY

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