SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS (KRON)– Officials were in disagreement over whether it is safe to clear a landslide in the Santa Cruz Mountains this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
State Highway 17 was closed in both directions between Scotts Valley and the Santa Clara County line. But on Friday at around 7:09 p.m. both southbound lanes were reopened.
At 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning, CHP announced that one northbound and one southbound lane are now open around the slide. CHP urges drivers to take caution in this area as cleanup continues.
While personnel from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health approved work to continue, a Caltrans engineer said that it was too unsafe to start work on the unstable hill.
Crews will be tracking movement in the area into the afternoon and will reevaluate the situation, CHP Officer Trista Drake said.
A work truck hit two workers clearing the landslide between Vine Hill and Sugarloaf roads on Thursday afternoon, killing one of them.
Highway 17 closed in BOTH directions due to unstable hillside. Take alternate route pic.twitter.com/2DIGZghduN
— CHP Santa Cruz (@CHPscrz) February 10, 2017
A YouCaring has been set up for the man killed in the accident.
Also, a gratitude meal GoFundMe has been set up for the crews working on Highway 17.