Highway 101 emergency repairs slowing down traffic in Marin County

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MARIN COUNTY (KRON) — When a typically easy afternoon commute looks red on a traffic map – something unusual must be slowing drivers down.

“It was like a huge surprise too,” said one driver Wednesday on southbound Highway 101 in Marin County. “None of us had any idea about it.”

Construction caused a normally 15-minute ride to take nearly two hours.

“It looked like LA out there,” another driver said.

On Highway 101 in Marin County, between Spencer Avenue and the Robin Williams Tunnel, Caltrans is repaving part of the road.

Recent storms damaged the highway and the emergency repair project is now underway.

“If we don’t do the repairs now, the road could deteriorate anymore and there could be even more closures,” said a spokesperson with Caltrans.

The repair work on Highway 101 will continue through next Monday.

With several lanes shut down each day to accommodate the construction work, the morning rush is not impacted.

“We do the work at night, they can can’t pave as much because the asphalt does not stick as well when the weather is cold,” he said.

The warmer weather is also opening the door for other big Bay Area road construction to start — along I-80 in the East Bay.

Caltrans will raise the overcrossings at University Avenue and MacArthur.

With all this work, drivers should be prepared to add extra time to their commutes.

“There is no good time to close lanes on 101 in Marin County,” he said.

Caltrans told KRON4 the work on Highway 101 will improve the riding surface and enhance safety.

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