Highway 101 reopened in California after three days of closure
The state’s road network has been closed to all traffic in the western portion of the state due to a three-day shutdown of highways.
The closure of the 101 Highway was announced on Tuesday evening, and it has left many Cali drivers stranded.
The state’s Highway 101 was closed from 1pm (local time) on Wednesday to 2am (local in the US) on Thursday, with a total of 7,700 vehicles unable to travel through the state.
Some drivers had to take alternative routes.
A report from local media said the state had received more than 1,000 calls from drivers stranded in California due to the shutdown, many of them asking for help.
On Tuesday, the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) confirmed the closure, saying: “We can confirm that on the 101 and I-15, the main highway in Cali, the highway will be closed from noon on Thursday to 3pm on Friday.”
State authorities said the closure was due to an issue with a new highway, the California Highway 101.
It is expected to reopen in the coming days.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) said the agency had not yet been told whether the closure of Highway 101 would be extended.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) said it was also expecting the closure to be extended, saying that there had been reports of vehicles being diverted to other highways.
“We are monitoring the situation and looking for any opportunities to re-open the highway in the next couple of hours,” Caltrans spokesman Greg DeBartolo said.
“Once we get a clearer picture of what the problem is, we will make an announcement.”
A state of emergency has been declared for California after the deaths of four people on the freeway and a crash that killed two others.
The highway is one of the longest in the United States, stretching from the coastal city of San Diego to the remote town of Lake Tahoe in the Pacific north-west of the Golden State.
In a statement on Tuesday, Caltrans said that “the highway is being reopened to all motor vehicles, including vehicles that have been impounded or are subject to other state-imposed restrictions”.
“This is a major inconvenience and will have an impact on traffic flow, travel time and safety, especially on rural roads, where it is critical that all roads are open,” the statement said.
A California Highway Administration official said the suspension of the highway “is a temporary measure”.
“There will be no additional closures or reroutes as of Friday, February 9,” the official said in a statement.
“There is no reason for any additional closures beyond what is necessary to accommodate the temporary closure of this road.”
A spokeswoman for the California Department