All northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 101 in Redwood City are scheduled to close at 9 p.m. today to let California Department of Transportation crews repave the roadway after more than 1,500 gallons of gasoline spilled Tuesday.
The highway has been disintegrating since a big rig hauling two gasoline tankers and a van collided in the highway's northbound lanes near Maple Street at around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, causing the big rig's rear tanker to overturn and spill approximately 1,600 gallons of gasoline, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Any type of grinding in the No. 1 or 2 northbound lanes of Highway 101 in the area of Woodside Road, such as a vehicle's spinning tires, could potentially cause a fire or an explosion, the CHP reported.
Caltrans crews during the day will dig out the deteriorated gravel on the roadway, CHP Officer Grace Castillo said.
During the night, crews will repave four northbound lanes of the highway, forcing the closure beginning at 9 p.m., according to Castillo.
The No. 3 and 4 northbound lanes are expected to reopen around 2 a.m. Thursday and the entire highway should be open around 6 a.m., Castillo said.
Drivers traveling north from the South Bay are advised to take alternate routes if possible, such as Interstate Highways 280, 680 or 880, Castillo said.
No major injuries were reported from the crash, according to the CHP.
— Bay City News