Expect 25 Minute Delays on Hwy 101 at Last Chance Grade

Men working on Last Chance Grade.

Caltrans says this photo was taken today as “contractors continue to drill and drive micropiles under the northbound lane of US101 to ensure it remains a safe and reliable route for the foreseeable future.” [Photo from the Caltrans District 1 Facebook page]

A recent slide on Hwy 101 at Last Chance Grade is adding to travel times.

According to Caltrans,

We’re continuing to shore up the hillside at the site of a recent slide on U.S. Highway 101 at Last Chance Grade, just south of Crescent City in Del Norte County.

We appreciate your patience as we work to stabilize the northbound lane, rebuild the southbound lane, and eventually resume normal two-way traffic (which – despite the damage caused by this slide and the unique challenges of the worksite – could occur as early as this summer).

In the meantime, please allow for about 25 minutes of delays on Last Chance Grade as we continue our efforts to ensure your safety. Caltrans, our several agency and non-governmental partners, and our elected officials are all working diligently towards a long-term solution at the Grade.

If we need to close the Grade for any reason, we’ll be sure to let you know here. For even more information about current highway conditions, visit the Caltrans Quickmap at quickmap.dot.ca.gov, grab the Quickmap app from the iOS App Store or Google Play store, or call 1-800-GAS-ROAD.

Video taken on March 6 shows a sign slowly being sucked down the hillside.



  • That is one scetchy piece of road! Wish they could do something about it! There’s not a lot of alternate routes to get through that stretch.

    • They’ve been trying to reroute it inland for decades now. It’s been an issue since Jerry Brown was Governor in the 70s.

  • Watching that video,and hearing the men laughing made me think,are they laughing because they are just fixing something the same way over and over for decades. I think they know it’s a waste of money. Please stop the insanity and fix it right. Try a bridge. I know they are laughing at the sinking sign,but it still made me wonder

  • When I was working iron .I worked on a huge retaining wall about 20 years ago ,and it is still holding the mountain at bay ,So they need to quit putting a band Aid on it and build it like we did they’d have no worries.,but I think it’s job security ,for some lame ass engineer at Coltrans

  • “…to ensure it remains a safe and reliable route for the foreseeable future.”

    Considering the site they’re speaking of, they must be very shortsighted for their “foreseeable future” not to include the complete erosion of this coastal artery there.

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