A Caltrans project that since October had closed a section of Highway 1 in the Nipomo Mesa-Oceano area has been completed and the highway was reopened Friday morning.
The project involved the installation of a drainage system to prevent flooding and ensure the highway would not be damaged due to runoff during future storms, said Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers. The project started Oct. 25 and closed Highway 1 between Rio Road and Gracia Way.
The project was supposed to be completed in December but heavy storms caused another section of the highway to crumble — which has been repaired — and delayed completion of the overall project, Shivers said.
The drainage project cost $264,000; the contractor was Arthur’s Contracting of Atascadero. The cost of the additional work to the highway was not available Friday; Shivers said the agency tried to secure some emergency funds to complete it.