While it’s nearly ancient history, do you recall the mudslide in early January? Skyline Boulevard was closed for temporary repairs, and one lane re-opened for traffic by late February. You’ve needed a little patience since then, when waiting for the red traffic light to change there.
Yesterday, I started driving up Skyline and reached a surprising dead-end! The mudslide section is now closed for permanent repairs, at least until December. This closure may have publicized, but the news passed me by – and maybe you, too.
As a public service, here’s the latest scoop from Oakland Public Works. First, the road is closed between 7257 and 7293 Skyline Blvd. No pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles or motor vehicles may use the road. While closed, the work scope includes drainage repairs, utility relocation and slope stabilization.
Public Works expects to complete all fixes before the winter rainy season, and permanently re-open both travel lanes. If the work proceeds without delays, then Skyline might be accessible by early December. I’m taking bets for sometime before the holidays, though.
In the meantime, don’t even try to sneak around the Skyline closure. Stick to the lower roads when you head over to Berkeley. If you want to drive to Tilden Park or Sibley Preserve, then wander up Claremont Canyon. Any other hints, please share them here.