US Highway 101 reopened Sunday afternoon, reconnecting Santa Barbara and Ventura, after mudslides forced its closure for nearly two weeks.
Highway 101 has been cleared of mud through Montecito, where storms left portions of the highway under 6 to 8 feet of water and debris. While all lanes and on-ramps have reopened, various off-ramps will remain temporarily closed.
Workers have cleared drainage areas, stabilizing embankments with mesh and hydroseed and working on guardrail and sign repairs on the highway. They also cleaned and swept the highway.
Take a look at these before and after pictures:
The highway has been closed since a Jan. 9 mudslide that killed at least 21 people and destroyed hundreds of homes in Montecito. A quarter mile of U.S. 101 was under 6 to 8 feet of water and debris.
"This has been an incredible effort and tremendous response," Shiver said. "Our maintenance crews [were] working 12-hour shifts, 24-hours a day."