HOLIDAY TRAVELERS STUCK IN I-5 MUD.Byline: Stacy Brown Daily News Staff Writer
Holiday traffic remained at a standstill Friday after falling rocks and mudslides along the Grapevine closed northbound Interstate 5 and backed up traffic for more than five miles.
While some motorists heading out of town for the holiday weekend sped up the freeway median past the sea of brake lights, others opted for routes that took them two to three hours out of their way, California Highway Patrol highway patrol
A state law enforcement organization whose police officers patrol the public highways. officers said.
``We've had slides here before, but none to this extent,'' said CHP CHP Chapter
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CHP Community Health Plan Officer Mark Ehly.
As work crews were cleaning up, more slides in the steep mountain pass into the San Joaquin Valley Noun 1. San Joaquin Valley - a vast valley in central California known for its rich farmland
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``While they were in the process of doing cleanup, the slide got worse, so we were forced to close all four lanes, and the freeway will remain closed for at least another 24 hours,'' Ehly said.
Two lanes were opened just after 3 p.m., said Mark DerMotoian, a spokesman for the California Department of Transportation The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is a government agency in the U.S. state of California. Its mission is to improve mobility across the state. It manages the state highway system and is actively involved with public transportation systems in California. .
Caltrans crews used bulldozers to clear the slide in southern Kern County.
About 20,000 cubic yards of rocks and mud cascaded onto the freeway about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, said CHP Officer Gary Butler.
The CHP had closed the northbound lanes south of Lebec, diverting motorists to Highway 138, a jog that added about an hour to the drive.
By midafternoon Friday, the CHP reported heavier traffic than expected on the two main alternates to the Golden State Freeway The Golden State Freeway is a north-south freeway running through Kern County and Los Angeles County, California. Originally built as U.S. Highway 99, it was re-signed as Interstate 5 in 1964. : the Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley and Ventura freeways.
The hope is that the entire northbound side of the freeway will be open by today, when afternoon rain is in the forecast.
PHOTO (Color--Ran in SAC Edition only) A front-end loader front-end loader
An earthmoving machine with a hydraulic scoop in front for lifting and loading earth or rubble. operated by Dave Young of Granite Construction Cos. tilts forward as he tries to take a big scoop of the mud blocking traffic lanes.
John Lazar / Special to the Daily News