Information provided by the San Benito County Resource Management Agency.
The San Benito County Resource Management Agency announced Sept. 24 that a portion of Southside Road will re-open to through traffic after landslides earlier this summer.
In the interest of public safety, the road was closed to all through traffic while San Benito County worked with the Don Chapin Company to clean up the slide and stabilize the hillside, according to a county press release. During the clean-up effort, the hillside slid additional four times, which delayed the opening of the road. The San Benito County Board of Supervisors held a special Sept. 1 meeting to address the landslides and what to do about the.
The county is currently working with Earth Systems, a geotechnical engineering firm, to investigate the causes of the slide and to develop a strategy for additional slope stabilization in the area. This work is expected to continue over the next few months and may require additional temporary road closures, the press release said.