Portion of Hwy. 101 in Mendocino County to remain closed

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is limiting traffic on Bell Springs Road and five others, days after a landslide six miles north of Leggett forced the closure of Highway 101.

Caltrans said that portion of Highway 101 will remain closed through the weekend.

Traffic passing through the rugged stretch of land on the border of Mendocino and Humboldt counties has used back roads for detours causing multiple accidents and stuck vehicles, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

County law enforcement will now ask drivers on Bell Springs Road to provide proof of residence or a valid reason for passage. All other traffic is asked to use Interstate 5, 80 miles to the east, and Highway 20, Highway 36 and Highway 299.

Other roads limited to local and essential use are Usal, Briceland Thorn, Mina, Zenia Bluff and Hoagland roads.

The slide Sunday spilled 6,000 cubic yards of rock and soil onto the highway that already was limited to one lane of traffic for repairs after a separate landslide on March 10.

You can reach Staff Writer Nick Rahaim at 707-521-5203 or nick.rahaim@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @nrahaim.

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