[UPDATE: Now With Info on Hwy 36] The State of the Roads and Weather (Plus, One Heck of a Video of the Slide That Closed 299)
Our roads have already been battered by an early wet winter. Hwy 101 is blocked by a slide between Cooks Valley and Piercy. However, there is a detour on Route 271 around which only adds about 10 minutes to the commute.Yesterday, Hwy 299 by Big French Creek closed because of a huge rock slide. According to the Facebook page of Humboldt’s California Highway Patrol, “It is expected to be closed until the middle of next week and could possibly be closed until 12/24/2016 [Christmas Eve] depending on weather.”
The video below by Kevin Erwin captures the incredible moment when the huge slide pushed once again across 299 and blocked the highway. Fortunately, Caltrans was alert to the signs of impending problems and stopped traffic so that no one was caught up in the thousands of pounds of rock and debris launching across the roadway.
(Advance to minute one for the most dramatic footage but watch the whole thing if you have time.)
UPDATE: Hwy 36 also has some delays currently that drivers should be aware exist. Caltrans spokesperson Myles Cochrane says, “The biggest job happening along Route 36 right now is at Buck Mountain, where motorists can expect 30-minute delays weekdays. That’s actually not a Caltrans project but an FHWA job where they’ve hired a contractor to clear slopes in preparation for future improvements they have planned for the area. Additionally Caltrans is doing some guardrail and drainage work on 36 all the way to the Trinity County line, causing 10-minute delays weekdays at a few locations.”