Date for reopening Highway 89 moved to 2-3 weeks

Kurt Hildebrand / Record Courier
A view from above of the damage of Highway 89.

The estimate for reopening Highway 89 from Markleeville to Woodfords has been reduced to 2-3 weeks, according to statement issued by the California Department of Transportation on Monday.

The road is washed out at Millberry Creek, which travels along Highway 89 before crossing above the historic town.

CalTrans officials said the state has enacted an emergency order to install temporary drainage on the main route between the Alpine County seat and the rest of the world.

“Construction crews have started and will work 12-hour shifts, seven days a week to install the new drainage facilities and repair the road,” CalTrans said. “The estimated time of reopening both lanes is significantly reduced from 5-6 weeks to 2-3 weeks, perhaps sooner. This schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment, and materials and construction related issues.”

The order also calls for the construction of a temporary road following old Highway 88 for emergency responders only, according to the state.

Health services for Markleeville residents are located in the administration building located at 99 Water St., Markleeville on Tuesdays and Thursdays from by appointment only. Appointments may be made by calling 530-694-2146.

The U.S. Postal Service will be conducting a safety inspection of the Markleeville Post Office to certify the building for operations. After the building is certified for occupation, the USPS will resume operations in Markleeville. Estimated time for reopening is still to be determined. Hours of operation will be limited due to additional travel time and staffing.

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