Work continues to remove and eventually reopen a portion of Highway 37 in Novato that was shut down when the roadway became flooded from days of rain.
Dump trucks that dropped off sand were the only type of vehicles on Highway 37, located southwest of the Atherton Avenue exit Sunday night.
The sand will be used to block water from continuing to flood the highway.
Contractors will then pump the water out of the road before reopening it to traffic, although there is no estimate as to when the westbound lanes of the highway will reopen to traffic.
“Beginning Monday morning (CHP) will have extra units working traffic control in the area of the closure,” read a statement from California High Patrol. “This includes extra patrols of Atherton Ave. to ensure traffic using the detour is doing so safely.”
Workers will have an extra time to shore up the road with lighter than normal traffic likely on Monday, the President’s Day holiday.
“So that’s kind of working in our favor and the rain has kind of died down a little bit so that’s working in our favor as well. So our hope is that we can open the highway as soon as possible. We want to get it open so everyone can go to work and go to school after the holiday,” said Vince Jacala, spokesperson for Caltrans.