Road Closed: Devil’s Slide (on April 2, 2006)

Almost sixteen months ago Devil’s Slide, one of only two practical routes in and out of the coastside, was blocked by a collapsing road brought on by unusually heavy rains.

Thus began four months of high-pitched tension and frustration, the echoes of which still reverberate today.

Over the next three weeks, as we lead up to the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Slide on August 2nd, Montara Fog will bring you Road Closed, a series of videos from last year (some re-edited and all re-processed to new quality standards) to both mark the occasion and to remind ourselves that it was not so very long ago…

Today we present Road Closed, Turn Around, footage of the damage at Devil’s Slide filmed the day after it closed with additional footage from later that same week (showing the surprising rapidity with which the road was disintegrating).

Footnote: In the footage from Wednesday of that week (three days after closure) you’ll see a large boulder sitting on the road. The rock actually tumbled down the cliff the previous Monday–just two hours after Barry Parr (of Coastsider) and myself were standing and filming at that exact spot.

“Road Closed” will appear every Monday and Thursday from today until August 2nd.

An earlier form of this video was published in Coastsider.

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Video by Darin Boville

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