Update: Southbound Hwy 101 in Novato reopens
NOVATO -- Caltrans announced that all southbound lanes of Highway 101 from Lakeville Highway in Petaluma to Atherton Road in Novato have reopened.
The freeway lanes were closed from 9 p.m. Saturday until 2 p.m. Sunday to assist Pacific Gas and Electric crews working on the gas line, according to Caltrans.
The slide happened in Novato Tuesday evening on Redwood Boulevard next to U.S. Highway 101 and Olompali State Park. The slide mangled the roadway, causing it to buckle and break into pieces as well as impacting two PG&E gas transmission lines and an aqueduct.
The slide damaged an approximately 100-foot stretch of the road that runs adjacent to southbound U.S. Highway 101. Officials initially said there was no need to close Highway 101.
However, due to a potential storm expected early next week, PG&E decided to build a temporary bypass on Saturday, requiring the highway to be closed.
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