HWY 101 Closure Inconveniences Drivers

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CRESCENT CITY, Ore. — Highway 101 in Del Norte County is under construction for the next few days as road crews work to remove unstable slide materials.

On Sunday, both lanes of the highway were shut down for eight hours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The road closure was between Hamilton Road to the Mill Creek Park entrance, and there was no alternative route.  Drivers were either forced to turn around or wait for the road to re-open.  Caltrans said a full highway closure was necessary for safety reasons as crews removed a large hollowed out tree. Engineers said since the tree was hollow and in a slide area, they could not predict where it was going to fall and did not want to put any drivers in danger.

Some drivers were left feeling uninformed, frustrated or both, while others did not seem to mind.

“We were going to head into Arcadia and check that out for a little while, but at this point, I think it’s pretty equal distance for us to just go take Highway 199 back so… it’s okay by us,” said driver Andrew Tyner, who was heading to Reno.

One lane of the road will be open starting now through Tuesday.  Drivers should expect 15 minute delays until then.