Caltrans working to keep roads driveable as winter weather conditions continue

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NORTH COAST- Caltrans crews have been working around the clock to make sure roadways are driveable as winter weather conditions have complicated road travel on the North Coast.

Due to last week’s rockslide on Highway 101 just south of Benbow Lake Road, concrete barriers are still set up, closing off one northbound lane for just over 1.5 miles. They will remain in place until the hillside is stabilized. Also on Highway 101, two miles north of the Del Norte County Border, Caltrans crews are repairing a collapsing culvert under the roadway. Four-lane traffic is being reduced to two-lane traffic during daytime hours until the culvert is repaired. Caltrans officials say starting in late fall, crews begin patrolling North Coast roads 24 hours per day to fix potential problems.

"We don't have guys sitting and waiting for something to happen, they're out there watching for it, in the trucks, on the roadway, in the rain, in the lightning, in the thunder, they're out there looking for stuff.  They just drive the roads and check and make sure that everything is the way it should be.  If they see something on the side of the road, they fix it right then," said Eli Rohl, the Public Information Officer for Caltrans, District 1.

Up north, there is a sinkhole near Gold Beach, Oregon, on Highway 101. A detour running next to the highway has been set up and motorists are expected to experience delays of about five minutes.