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Caltrans awards $6 million to construction company to fix highways damaged from CZU Lightning Complex

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Posted at 9:32 PM, Aug 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 00:32:38-04

Caltrans is responding to highway damage in Santa Cruz County following the destructive CZU Lightning Complex Fire.

Caltrans is mobilizing several contractors and sub-contractors to help with the repairs including fallen and hazardous trees, burned guardrails, destroyed traffic signs and markers and damaged retaining walls.

Caltrans District 5 awarded Granite Construction of Santa Cruz a $6 million emergency contract to clear, repair and restore segments of Highway 1, 9 and 236 in Santa Cruz County.

Here's a look at current road closures:

  • Highway 9 remains closed between the junction with Highway 35 and San Lorenzo Valley High School.
  • State Route 236 is inaccessible as it is within the closed area.
  • Highway 1 remains closed at Shafer Road near the Santa Cruz/San Mateo County line.
  • Highway 1 remains closed in Monterey County from the Willow Creek Vista Point to north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park due to the Dolan Fire.

In a press release, Caltrans officials said engineers and maintenance crews are still assessing the damage and prioritizing areas.

it is unknown how long reconstruction of damaged areas will be complete.

The CZU Lightning Complex Fire broke out August 16th and has force thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

As of Sunday afternoon, the fire has burned more than 84,000 acres and is 37% contained.