Drivers asked to avoid Lucas Valley Road as cleanup of gasoline spill continues

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The California Highway Patrol on Wednesday asked motorists to use alternate routes to Lucas Valley Road until a cleanup of a gasoline spill is complete.

A 50-foot tanker truck containing 7,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline spilled 2,100 gallons of gas when it slid off the road and down an embankment on a curve on Sunday.

The remaining gas in the tanker was removed before the big-rig was towed Monday.

The crash closed Lucas Valley Road between Westgate Drive and Nicasio Valley Road west of Novato.

One-way traffic was in effect starting at 8 a.m. Monday.

Motorists who live or work on Lucas Valley Road may not be able to avoid Lucas Valley Road, and they should expect delays and be vigilant of workers as they drive past the scene, CHP officials said.

All other drivers are asked to use Sir Francis Drake Boulevard or Novato Boulevard instead.

The cleanup of contaminated soil and debris was expected to take two weeks.

The CHP said the Nick Barbieri Trucking company of Ukiah faces several violations.

Big-rigs over 36-feet long are prohibited on Lucas Valley Road in that area, according to the CHP.