The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 20, 2009
Report: Furlough delays Marin highway spill clean up

Last week's "Furlough Friday" delayed CalTrans crews from responding to a traffic-snarlinig lubricant spill on Highway 101 near San Rafael last week, according to a story by Marin Independent Journal reporters Jennifer Upshaw and Gary Klien.

Here's the part of the story we thought you'd find particularly interesting:

The lubrication slick forced police to close two lanes of southbound 101 near the Highway 580 connector ramp, causing a bottleneck that backed traffic up for miles into Marinwood and Novato.

The California Department of Transportation was delayed for several hours in sending cleanup crews because of the statewide furloughs that fell on Friday, said CHP Officer Mary Ziegenbein.

A regional spokesman for Caltrans, Bob Haus, could not be reached for comment. His voicemail message said he was furloughed.

By early afternoon, the estimated time of the cleanup was around 7 p.m. Then it was pushed to 10 p.m.

The spill occured at 10:45 a.m.on Friday.

You can read the story MIJ story by clicking here.

Thanks to TWS blog user MW for alerting us to this story.

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