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Newly Paved California 150 Survives Rains

February 23, 1996|PAUL ELIAS

The recent rains had little effect on the newly opened, newly paved California 150 through the Casitas Pass between the Ojai Valley and Carpinteria, highway officials said.

A small rockslide early Thursday disrupted traffic for about 30 minutes until crews cleared the debris about 6:30 a.m., California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Pat Reid said.

The highway is also winnowed to one lane briefly about 12 miles east of the 101 Freeway interchange. Reid said a complex geological problem has caused a 1 1/2-foot drop in the closed lane. She said the lane would remain closed indefinitely while geologists try to find a solution.

The highway was closed for more than a year after a massive landslide destroyed part of the roadway. The restoration project was finished Feb. 16 when the last of the paving was completed, Reid said.

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