[UPDATE 5:44 p.m: Open] Briceland Thorn Road to Close for Several Hours Today
[See updates below] A culvert failure near Huckleberry Hill forced Humboldt County maintenance workers to come up with a plan to save one of the most traveled county highways–Briceland Thorn Road. A temporary bridge will be transported from northern Humboldt and laid across the failing part of the road.
Unfortunately this will require the road to be shut down for quite some time–possibly as many as four hours. Probably the shutdown will occur around 10- 11 a.m. But the time has yet to be announced.
However, please plan your day accordingly. Plan to travel through the area before 10 a.m. and not return until after 3 p.m.
We will update as soon as more information is available.
UPDATE 9:15 a.m.: According to Denton Carrick from Humboldt County Public Works, the road crew has not yet been able to secure a permit for this emergency work. “We might get to it today or we might not,” he said.
Luckily, the culvert is continuing to hold up enough that the roadway is safe to travel.
As soon as we know whether the closure will happen today, we’ll update you.
UPDATE 9:55 a.m.: The bridge has been permitted and is headed south now. The road will close around 11:30 a.m. and won’t reopen for around four hours. Please prepare to be on the side you need to be on before and after those times. We will keep updating when new information comes in.
UPDATE 10:13 a.m.: According to Humboldt County Public Works, the road will close from noon until 4 p.m.
UPDATE 5:44 p.m.: According Denton Carrick, the road opened back up a bit ago. However, the torrential rain kept the material used to put the bridge in place from working correctly. So the crews will be back out tomorrow working on it. There will be one way controlled traffic while they work. Meanwhile, the vehicles can go through the area.