County Resuming Construction of Red Cap Road Bridge at Big Rock Gulch on Tuesday; Expect Delays

This is a press release from theCounty of Humboldt:

The Humboldt County Department of Public Works will resume construction of the new bridge on Red Cap Road at Big Rock Gulch to improve safety for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Traffic will be restricted to a single lane with stop sign controls during the bridge replacement and roadway widening work at post mile 0.30 in the vicinity of Big Rock Gulch.

Construction is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 21, with an estimated completion date of June 15. Traffic control systems will remain in place until the project is completed.

If you have any concerns or questions, please, contact Resident Engineer Chuck Dory of Ghirardelli Associates at 707-273-1004.

We thank you in advance for your patience and look forward to the completion of the project.



  • Veterans friend

    Is this a mystery location? I have lived in Humboldt for 47 years and it is a mystery to me.

  • Blue haired Hill Billy

    We would like to keep it a mystery, but now that the cat is out of the bag, Veterans Friend, Red Cap Road is a major thoroughfare connecting Hoopa with Orleans.

  • >”… major thoroughfare connecting Hoopa with Orleans.”

    Well… I wouldn’t call it a ‘major thoroughfare”…

  • Hwy 96

  • While Red Cap Road can connect to Hoopa, its a long, long bumpy drive with many different roads you need to travel to actually get there, Red Cap Road officially end up near the trail head to Red Cap Lake. So no its not a major thoroughfare in any respect however it is a major, (mostly paved), road in the Orleans area.

  • Blue haired Hill Billy

    If’n your a HillBilly it’s a major thoroughfare. 😉

  • Why is the Karuk tribe shown on the project? Isn’t it a county road under county jurisdiction?

    • The county released both images with their press release. My guess is that the Tribe has to give permission for certain actions to occur on the roads that move through their land.

      • while orleans falls within karuk ancestral territory, there is no actual reservation there as far as I have known.
        Parcels of land may be owned by the tribe in trust, by private individuals tribal or non tribal, but most of the land in the area is under federal control via forest service in the form of the six rivers and Klamath national forests and is open to the American public.
        I tried to reach the county road contact but couldn’t get through.
        I just don’t understand why the county would voluntarily share its authority with the karuk tribe. I do not recall seeing the seal of the wiyot tribe on road rebuilds in the humboldt Bay Area, or even the hoopa tribal seal(actual reservation) on county road rebuilds around the hoopa reservation. I suspect it was done in pennance, to raise the prominence of the karuk tribe as an equivalent to the county as a governing structure. The problem is, not everybody can be a part of the tribal system as it is racially exclusive.
        These are trends to watch, because control over public lands will become more contested in the not to distant future.
        Groups with significant regional populations, and established functional governing structures will be in the best position to annex these lands into their territories.
        This will be good and bad, depending on how the dust settles over the next five hundred years.

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