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Highway 41 reopens after being closed for more than a month

Crews install steel mesh along Hwy. 41 to prevent future rockslides

Watch as 75-foot rolls of steel mesh are unrolled above Highway 41 to control rockfall. Crews are working in the wake of a massive rock and mudslide in January that closed the highway between Morro Bay and Atascadero.
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Watch as 75-foot rolls of steel mesh are unrolled above Highway 41 to control rockfall. Crews are working in the wake of a massive rock and mudslide in January that closed the highway between Morro Bay and Atascadero.

Update, 5:45 p.m.

Highway 41 between Morro Bay and Atascadero has officially reopened, according to Caltrans.

The road had been closed since early January after heavy rain caused a series of rockslides.

Original story:

Highway 41 will fully reopen at 5 p.m. Saturday between Ironwood Drive in Morro Bay and San Gabriel Road in Atascadero.

The roadway had been closed since early January after heavy rain caused a series of rockslides.

As of Thursday, crews had removed 21,000 cubic yards of dirt and rock - enough to fill more than six Olympic sized swimming pools.

Once the debris was removed, crews installed netting on the hillside to contain small slides.

Caltrans said additional work on the roadway will continue Monday. Motorists should expect one-way reversing traffic Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

That work is expected to last up to two weeks.

Caltrans crews working to clear dirt and rock from Highway 41 will need to remove as many as 1,600 dump truck loads of material before the road can reopen. Caltrans Geotechnical Engineer Ryan Turner shows the progress crews are making.

Melissa Blanton: 805-781-7965, @DowntownMelissa

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