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Hwy. 101 could reopen as soon as next week

Video: Nearly a week after mudslide, Highway 101 remained underwater

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
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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

Highway 101, which has been closed since mudslides and flooding devastated the Montecito area on Tuesday, is expected to reopen next week.

Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers said the agency announced the projected timetable to elected officials at about 11 a.m. Monday.

“We’ve made tremendous progress in the past 48 hours,” Shivers said. Much of the progress was made possible because water receded from the road, meaning crews could focus on removing solid debris, like mud and rocks.

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Shivers added that the reopening of the highway was dependent on removing all the solid debris from the road. Caltrans crews will also do a full inspection of the highway, including the concrete slabs of the road and the guardrails, and make sure it is in good condition before they reopen the road, Shivers said.

There are 75 Caltrans employees working on both Highway 101 and Highway 192 in 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day and every day of the week, Shivers said during a press conference on Sunday evening. Seven Caltrans crews from two neighboring districts are also helping.

Until the highway reopens, commuters must detour around the closure, take the Pacific Surfliner train or hop a ferry.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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Crews are working to clear roads, including Highway 101, and neighborhoods damaged in the Montecito, California, mudslides. This video shows cleanup work on Friday, January 12, 2018.

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