A frequently traveled road in Alameda County that's been closed since mid-February for stabilization work was reopened at about 10:30 a.m. Friday, county Public Works Agency officials said.
The long section of Palomares Road between Palo Verde Road in the unincorporated community of Castro Valley and Niles Canyon Road in Fremont was closed because of mudslides and other problems that were caused by the heavy rains last winter.
Public Works officials initially hoped that the road could be reopened on May 5 but the work to remove hazards, including loose dirt, rocks and debris, from the hillside took longer than expected.
Crews also placed protective netting along the slope above the roadway and installed rock slope protection along the embankment to add protection from debris falling onto the roadway during future storms.
In addition, crews installed a debris barrier at the base of the slope and completed roadway surface repairs.
Public works officials had advised motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to avoid the road closure area and use alternate routes but they said Friday that everyone can now use the road.