Highway 17 North in California
Highway 17 was closed and impassable right after the Loma Prieta
Earthquake. It was reopened about two months later. There was a lot
of patching of asphalt, the concrete divider, and tons of earth had
to be removed from landslides. These photos are from 12/2/1989.
There were many barren hillsides that were regraded to prepare them
for the rainy season. Well, 1989 was a drought, so the hills were
safer than they would have been in 1993 or 1998. In many areas, the
concrete that made up the divider and the highway was seriously
buckled and broken. Caltrans worked extremely hard to repair this
This is from 8/4/1988 of 17 North in Scotts
These first two are from 2/6/1986 and they are scanned from slides.
They show the burned out areas from the fire that came through here
A landslide must have happened just in front of the 40
MPH curve sign. This is the only picture of this set that seems
to show old (undamaged) pavement and an undamaged center divide.
This must have been a landslide that was cleared away. Note the
new asphalt. And the new center divide.
This hillside must have given way in the earthquake. Note the
steel mesh used to hold down a mulch and grass seed.
The same hillside, farther north.
San Jose Road North, Summit Road North, and Old Santa Cruz
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