Mudslide near Santa Cruz Mountains, Highway 9 to remain closed


An area of Highway 9 near the Santa Cruz Mountains remains closed due to a mudslide caused by the fierce winter storms, officials said. 

The area between lower Glen Arbor Road and Holiday Lane has been closed since the beginning of January, Alexa Bertola, a Caltrans spokesperson, told SFGATE.

The extended closure comes as a result of an intense mudslide that occurred Wednesday, Bertola said, after yet another atmospheric river swept through the Bay Area earlier this week. Caltrans said in a news release issued Wednesday that the force of the mudslide propelled concrete barriers from the shoulder of the road to the center of Highway 9.

Caltrans crews were almost done cleaning up the mess left by the previous storms, but this week’s precipitation led to renewed issues, officials said. Now, crews will once again work to clear the area and reduce the risk of another mudslide.

The highway was originally set to reopen Friday, according to a March 2 Caltrans statement.

Officials said in Wednesday’s release that they’ll announce a new reopening date soon.

Sarah McCorkle, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, told SFGATE that the mountain soil is saturated from the heavy rain this season and that mudslides occur every time there’s a rain event like this in Santa Cruz. 

McCorkle said that since March 9, the Santa Cruz Mountains region has received 4 to 5 inches of rain.

She added that there’s also a chance for more rain in the future. McCorkle said there’s potential for another atmospheric river to move through California around Tuesday or Wednesday, though it’s uncertain where it will start. 

Caltrans officials said there is a detour available on Glen Arbor Road. All businesses in and around Ben Lomond remain open.


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