Caltrans says Highway 101 will not reopen Monday as previously expected

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Our current estimate for opening the highway has changed and we are now expecting to open USA 101 by midday on Monday, January 15, 2018.

At least 25 people have been injured and 50 hoist rescues, with dozens of contact rescues, have been performed, Santa Barbara County officials said in a Tuesday afternoon press briefing from Earl Warren Showgrounds. A 12-mile section of the roadway is shut down between Milpas Street and Highway 150.

- Both directions of USA 101 remain closed from the junction of State Route 126 in Ventura County to Milpas Street in Santa Barbara County due to mudslides, so motorists are advised to use the I-5 as an alternate route.

"We understand the impact that the closure of Highway 101 has on the people of California".

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"This is the department's highest priority, and we are working in close coordination with incident command to get the job done as safely and quickly as possible".

Motorists may detour from the north from Highway 101 to Highway 46 or Highway 166 to Interstate 5 south to Highway 126 west to Highway 101 south.

The fire erupted December 4 in Ventura County, destroying hundreds of homes before it spread into Santa Barbara County and threatened more communities, including Montecito.