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Watch helicopters carry workers, supplies up to top of washed-out Hwy. 41 hillside

Helicopters help work crews get supplies to top of Hwy. 41 mudslide site

See a helicopter ferry heavy supplies to the top of the Highway 41 slide as repair construction continues on the closed road. The road, which connects Morro Bay and Atascadero, has been closed since Jan. 6, 2017, because of a mudslide.
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See a helicopter ferry heavy supplies to the top of the Highway 41 slide as repair construction continues on the closed road. The road, which connects Morro Bay and Atascadero, has been closed since Jan. 6, 2017, because of a mudslide.

Helicopters carried steel mesh, construction material and PG&E workers up an approximately 100-foot hillside on Highway 41 between Morro Bay and Atascadero on Monday morning.

The highway closed Jan. 6 after a mudslide caused by heavy rains blocked the road. A Caltrans worker said rocks were still coming down off the hillside, and crews saw a 2-ton boulder fall Sunday.

PG&E crews worked Monday to de-energize and re-energize power lines so Caltrans crews could work safely to stabilize the hillside. Caltrans workers are removing more than 20,000 cubic yards of dirt and rock from the hillside — enough to fill six Olympic-size swimming pools — to keep the material from falling into the road.

Highway 41 will remain closed until mid-February, according to Caltrans. The project is expected to cost $1.5 million.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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