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Hwy. 101 in Santa Barbara County will officially reopen Monday morning

Highway 101 almost looks like a road again — watch an update

Between 400 and 500 personnel have worked 24 hours a day to clear Highway 101 of a "catastrophic, Biblical proportion of mud" after the Montecito mudslides shut the road down Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The mudflow was 750 yards long, 70 yards wide
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Between 400 and 500 personnel have worked 24 hours a day to clear Highway 101 of a "catastrophic, Biblical proportion of mud" after the Montecito mudslides shut the road down Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The mudflow was 750 yards long, 70 yards wide

Update: Sunday, Jan. 21

Highway 101 has reopened through Montecito.

Click here for the latest: Hwy. 101 reopens through Montecito — a day ahead of schedule.

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Commuters who have been impacted by the closure of Highway 101 in southern Santa Barbara County will be able to return to their normal traveling routines next week, now that Caltrans District 5 has announced the freeway will officially be reopened by Monday morning.

Highway 101 has been closed since the deadly mudslides rolled through the Montecito community on Jan. 9. Water, mud and debris covered the roadway after heavy rain swept through the area scarred by the massive Thomas Fire in December.

“We are very proud of our dedicated Caltrans staff along with our partner agencies who have responded to this major natural disaster,” Tim Gubbins, Caltrans District 5 district director, said in a news release on Saturday. “We will continue to work 24/7 until immediately before opening the highway. We expect to be ready to open U.S. 101 by the Monday morning commute.”

The road closure has forced southbound travelers to find alternate routes and delayed truckers delivering goods and materials to Central Coast destinations.

Highway 101 near Montecito remains closed, underwater and covered in mud almost a week after the deadly mudslides and floods hit the Santa Barbara County town. Caltrans continues to work to cleanup the highway; as of Monday, January 15, 2018, crew

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said during a Friday afternoon press conference that reopening Highway 101 is a critical step in allowing evacuated residents to return to their homes.

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