[UPDATE] Wet Roads and Wet Weather For Friday

Road conditionsExpect wet roads and wet weather today as a storm moves over the area. According to the National Weather Service, there could be some locally heavy rain and a possibility of mudslides. Tomorrow, the rain is likely to become showers but Sunday another storm is moving in.

Here is what we know about the roads at this point. As more information comes in, we’ll update in blue.


Major Highways:

(Most information below from Caltrans’ Quick Map. If you are heading to Oregon, check their similar site.)

  • Hwy 1: CLOSED in both direction just west of Leggett. (See here for more info.) No estimated time of reopening.
  • Hwy 3: Open
  • Hwy 20: Open (Note: Hwy 16 is closed.)
  • Hwy 36: Open
  • Hwy 96:
    • According to Caltrans, “…96 is reduced to one lane with traffic control at Cade Mountain (Siskiyou CO) due to a slip-out. Motorists should expect delays of up to 15 minutes.”
  • Hwy 101: 
  • HWY 162: Open
  • Hwy 169: Open


  • Hwy 199: Open


  • Hwy 211: Open (Check out the Fernbridge live cam)
  • Hwy 254 (Avenue of the Giants):
    • Closed from Holmes Flat to Barkdull Road.
  • Hwy 255: Open
  • Hwy 271: Open
    Hwy 299: The large slide at Big French Creek is still blocking the highway but traffic is allowed through most of the day. Caltrans posted,

    299 is reduced to one lane with traffic control from 4.5 mi to 4.1 mi west of Big Bar, at Big French Creek (Trinity County) due to slide removal. Monday through Saturday the road will be open between 0600 hrs and 1800 hrs with minimal delays and from 1800 hrs to 0600 hrs with one hour delays. Sunday the road will be open from 0600 hrs to 0600 hrs on Monday with up to 30 minute delays.

Humboldt County Roads:

Here’s what we know. But we know there are more issues. As we learn details, we will add the information below.

  • Alderpoint Road 1 way controlled traffic at PM 10.68, PM
    17.70, PM 26.00, PM 30.33 and PM 34.95, PM 36.98, and PM 44.70
  • Benbow Drive Closed
  • Blue Slide Road 1 lane at PM 1.75 and 3.25
  • Briceland Thorn Rd PM 3.27 – one way traffic with bridge and signal
  • Butler Valley Road
    • 1 lane at PM 3.71
    • Closed 5.75 PM
  • Cannibal Island Road-Closed
  • China Creek missing a chunk but still passable.
  • Coffee Creek Road Closed
  • Dyerville Loop Road 1 lane at PM 2.00
  • East Branch Road in Benbow one way controlled traffic at 2.7 mm.
  • Eel River Drive closed at mile marker 1.
  • Eel Rock Rd. – 1 Lane controlled traffic at PM 2.7
  • Fort Seward Road 1 lane at PM 3.90
  • Mattole Rd one-way control at various locations
  • Mosswood Lane closed
  • Needle Rock Road closed due to slide (See more here.)
  • Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway closed after large falling tree put a hole in the road. No estimated time of reopening. (See here for more information.
  • Salmon Creek Road closed at 0.56mm detour 101 or Maple Hills Road
  • Shively Road 1 lane controlled traffic at PM 0.50, PM 3.56, PM 7.00 and PM 11.50 with a length restriction of 32′ Kingpin to rear axl
  • Wilder Ridge Road is open with a length restriction of 32′ kingpin to rear axle

  Trinity County Roads:

  • “Trinity Alps Road past Trinity Alps Resort accessing Stuarts Fork Trailhead has washed out. Road is CLOSED indefinitely,” according to the Trinity County Department of Transportation.
  • “Zenia Bluffs Road between Alder Point and Zenia is CLOSED due to slide,” according to the Trinity County Department of Transportation. “Estimated time of reopening is greater than a week. Use Peak Road.


  • Thanks Kym! It is really telling about the conditions of our roads and infrastructure when we literally NEED a roads report everytime it rains. The ever changing gauntlet of potholes and slides is beyond ridiculous. I’m really hoping that the measure s cultivation tax money is put towards our roads first 🙂

  • Maybe all trucks over a certain weight pay a toll since those roads were never ever intended for the current amount of use- ya, like That would ever happen!

  • Great info Thank you very much. Great job👍👍👍👍👍😀

  • Kym – The Kneeland Fire Chief posted this message on our Freshwater neighborhood blog. This information needs to be shared more broadly. Here is what he posted about Mountain View Road –

    Kneeland Fire Thought You Would Like To Know:

    URGENT***A word of CAUTION. Yesterday KFPD responded to an emergency on Mountain View Rd. Kneeland. For those NOT familiar this is the road that breaks off Kneeland Rd. at the Kneeland Airport. This road has always been terrible but recent storms and lack of any maintenance makes for a dangerous situation.
    Mountain View road has taken a terrible beating from recent winter storms about 2miles past the airport extending at least 6-8 miles. Multiple huge pot holes, road slippage, gravel washouts, and large sinks holes. This unfortunately now makes it nearly impossible for emergency vehicles to respond to that area. KFPD response area includes that stretch of road all the way around Showers Pass. Temporarily KFPD is unable to respond large structure fire engines or water tenders to that area due to lack of road.
    At present there are NO advance WARNING of severe road conditions so residents and travelers easily serum to very dangerous conditions. Unfortunately, this road is frequented by motorcyclist and bicyclist adding to the potential for a bad outcome.
    I ask that if you don’t have to travel this road think twice you could be putting yourself or someone else ‘s well-being in jeopardy especially at night or stormy conditions..
    I have contacted County roads of the dangerous situation and requested at least hazard signs where severe conditions exist. I recommend those of you who travel or live out there contact your County Supervisor.

    Rick Hardin, Fire Chief
    Kneeland Fire Protection District

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