UPDATE: All Highway 101 lanes are open now but traffic still slow 

All lanes of Highway 101 have reopened three hours after hanging phone lines caused the major Peninsula freeway to be closed to traffic.

Traffic remains extremely slow in the area around Millbrae Avenue, just in time for Thursday’s evening commute.

The hazard was first spotted around 3 p.m. after drivers began reporting that the low hanging lines were hitting windshields.

The California Highway Patrol said the lines were active.

Officer Kevin Bartlett said the lines were “dangerously low,” but no injuries have been reported. The cause of the downed lines is unknown.

Minutes before the highway was closed, a hit and run was reported at the Broadway exit in Burlingame.

The CHP traffic log reported a grey and white flat-bed tow truck struck a pole and continued driving at 2:55 p.m. As a result, phone lines were seen hanging low. It is unknown if the two incidents were related.

All lanes were reopened just before 6 p.m.



Pin It

More by Andrea Koskey

Latest in Transportation

© 2019 The San Francisco Examiner

Website powered by Foundation