See How Caltrans Reopened Highway 101 Following the Montecito Mudslide

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See How Caltrans Reopened Highway 101 Following the Montecito Mudslide
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In this Caltrans News Flash, the scene is the US Highway 101 Overcrossing at Olive Mill Road in Montecito where a large mudslide occurred in January 2018 which created flooding and shut down the highway for 12 days.

US Highway 101 is a major artery which links Ventura County to the south and San Luis Obispo County to the north, and its closure created severe impacts for motorists who had to endure lengthy detours.

This incident resulted in a one-quarter mile section of US Highway 101 resting under 12 feet of water. Caltrans had the task along with the contractor, Granite Construction, to remove the water. When all of the water was removed from the highway, work began to re-install or repair guardrail, perform repairs on nearby slopes and embankments, clear major drainage facilities, replace the striping and fix minor damage to the concrete pavement

Caltrans was able to remove 105,000 cubic yards of material from the highway with 40 pieces of equipment and 1,500 trucks. There were 13,000 individual truck trips to and from this location. All of this activity took place seven days a week/24 hours a day. At the peak of operation, excavators were filling four large trucks with debris every three minutes.

The reopening of this highway restored a vital link from Southern California to the Central Coast and the San Francisco Bay Area. Approximately 90,000 vehicles travel through this corridor each day. Caltrans worked cooperatively with the various emergency responders throughout this incident and is proud of everyone’s contribution to the welfare of the citizens of Santa Barbara County.

This News Flash is the 162nd in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans' activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California's economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit: http://bit.ly/1ez3LYz . 

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Crystalandmaui Mar 23, 2018 08:02 AM
See How Caltrans Reopened Highway 101 Following the Montecito Mudslide

They did an amazing job, you wouldn’t even know all that mud , rocks, debris, water, was there now. So glad and relieved this rain didn’t bring that catastrophe again. Now, I hope they can focus on getting all that mud and rocks away from the homes in Montecito. When it’s safe, maybe, some kind of replanting of trees and Shrubs can start, by volunteers, (like me) maybe donations from nurseries. I think about the people who died, and the 2 still not found. Some people may Think the mandatory evacuations are an inconvenience, your life is worth it. Don’t forget what happened, and if a mandatory evacuation was done then, maybe there wouldn’t have been so many life’s lost. Better safe then sorry.

a-1574128941 Mar 22, 2018 07:29 PM
See How Caltrans Reopened Highway 101 Following the Montecito Mudslide

Thank you Always. I was going to point that out too. What a horrific job. Remember, some, or one, deceased people/person were/was found at the beach. Every worker almost everywhere had to be conscious of this aspect of the job. I worked disasters by phone from an office. I can't imagine looking for bodies out in the field...

tagdes Mar 22, 2018 11:15 AM
See How Caltrans Reopened Highway 101 Following the Montecito Mudslide

Having a branch here does not make Granite a local company any more than Sears. They are headquartered in Watsonville and are all over the state. Lash or Tierra are actually local and much better read...more reputable but could not supply the needed equipment for such a large project. The bulk of FELs and excavators along with their operators and a boatload of foremen were not from here.

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