Quick Take:

The closure about 7 miles north of Boulder Creek is due to road settlement of temporary repairs made to Highway 236 after this winter’s storms. It is scheduled to last until mid-June.

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Storm repairs are still in the works, even months after the winter’s atmospheric river deluge.

On Wednesday, Caltrans District 5 announced a full closure of lower Highway 236, about 7 miles north of its junction with Highway 9 in Boulder Creek. The closure is set to go into effect Monday at 8 a.m., and will likely last until the middle of June.

According to a news release from the state transit agency, crews have to address road settlement — gradual sinking of the pavement because of changes in stress on the ground or soil — occurring over a quarter-mile stretch of the road. Although work crews finished temporary repairs to make the highway drivable immediately following the winter storms, that temporary repair has begun to crack.

Travelers trying to access Big Basin Redwoods State Park will have to take Highway 9 all the way to where it connects with the upper section of Highway 236 near Waterman Gap, then take Highway 236 south to get to the park entrance.

Max Chun is the general-assignment correspondent at Lookout Santa Cruz. Max’s position has pulled him in many different directions, seeing him cover development, COVID, the opioid crisis, labor, courts...