Last Chance Grade Is Safe, Says Caltrans, But Prepare for Delays When Traveling Through

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A light shines on the crumbling side of Last Chance Grade. [All photos from Caltrans District 1]

Press release from Caltrans:

On U.S. Highway 101 at Last Chance Grade south of Crescent City in Del Norte County motorists should anticipate one-way traffic control via temporary traffic signal with 10 to 20 minute delays at all hours. Delay lengths are subject to change and Caltrans District 1 will update the public when there is a new schedule.

After a retaining wall was damaged due to geological movement at postmile 14.4 the roadway lost 10 feet of width and now the highway is currently only 18 feet wide at that location. Further loss of roadway width there will likely result in a full closure of the road.

Slide on 101Emergency crews will be working to drive piles into the ground below the roadway to provide more stability at that location. Originally it was anticipated work could cause up to one-hour nighttime delays for motorists, but experts have found a way around that for now.

Motorists can find up to date information regarding the status of the location by calling 1-800-GAS-ROAD, using Quickmap online, or by checking the “Caltrans District 1” Facebook page.
Photos and videos of the work zone will be available as provided by crews and posted on the Caltrans District 1 Facebook page. At this time we ask media to respect the space and concentration required in the emergency work zone.

We would also ask that you remind viewers, readers, and listeners that as long as the roadway is open, it is safe for travel. We have experts in the area 24-7 assessing the situation and also have near real time monitoring equipment that additionally assesses geological activity in the general vicinity of Last Chance Grade.

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A view over the side from Last Chance Grade.

We also would like people to be encouraged to visit lastchancegrade.com to learn more about a planned bypass of the area, a high-priority project for Caltrans and the community. While following state and federal laws, Caltrans is working with stakeholders and the community to expedite the progress of the bypass in any way possible.

 

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