Tunnels to close for drill

Caltrans and emergency officials will close the tunnels in both directions beginning at 9 p.m. on Feb. 3. File photo

CalTrans will conduct its annual mandatory emergency response drill at the Devil’s Slide tunnels on Highway 1 beginning 9 p.m. tonight, Feb. 3, and ending 4 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. The work is weather permitting.

Both southbound and northbound lanes will be closed. CHP will detour traffic to Interstate 280 in Pacifica or east on Highway 92 in Half Moon Bay.

The emergency management exercise will involve CHP, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, Pacifica police and fire departments, California Office of Emergency Services, Cal Fire and others. The drill includes fire simulations, crash simulations and smoke.

— Jane Northrop

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