Hwy 101 in Marin re-opened

January 4, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
One of the biggest traffic headaches Friday happened on Highway 101 in Marin County at the 580 interchange. Both directions of 101 were shut down for hours. That's where a new freeway overpass is under construction.

Highway 101 in Marin County was a virtual parking lot for most of the day. Bad as it was, things did manage to clear up much sooner than expected.

There were at least two massive transportation headaches getting in and out of Marin today. Highway 101 at 580 was closed in both directions from about 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The problem was high winds blowing construction materials off of the new 580 overpass onto both directions of 101 below.

Traffic was diverted through San Rafael and then back onto the freeway on either side of the overpass.

The CHP says Caltrans had to wait for winds to die down before re-opening the highway. The CHP says motorists should continue to beware. Traffic was also a mess on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge where Caltrans again had to wait for winds to calm down in order to lift overturned trucks. The problem was also worsened by the fact that there was only one big-rig tow truck available in Marin, so it took until about 3:30 p.m. before the bridge was re-opened.

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