[UPDATE 3 p.m.] Roads Across the Emerald Counties: What You Need to Know

Crews clearing Beach Road in the Shelter Cove area after a tree fell.

Crews clearing Beach Road in the Shelter Cove area after a tree fell. [Photo from Shelter Cove Fire]

With rain and wind beating up much of the Emerald Counties, here’s a look at what’s happening on our major roads. We’ll also update with county roads as we learn about issues.

Meanwhile, if you must travel remember the roads are slick and water will have ponded in areas. Rock slides have been reported in multiple areas and an occasional tree has been reported across roads. There is a flash flood warning for areas where the Mendocino Complex wildfires burned this year.

The weekend will be much less wet than today so if possible consider putting off travel plans until tomorrow.
UPDATES after 2:30 p.m. in green.

Major Highways–Here’s What We Know: 

Please keep in mind this is the Friday of a long holiday weekend and it is difficult to get accurate information. If you are traveling and could take a photo of conditions and send it to us at RedheadedBlackbelt@gmail.com, that would help other people make decisions about whether they should travel or not.

At this time, all major roadways are open in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity Counties.

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

  • Hwy 1: Open
  • Hwy 3: Open
  • Hwy 20: Open
  • Hwy 36: Open
  • Hwy 96: Open
  • Hwy 101:Open with a few minor rockslides so drive cautiously
    • Traffic accident near Spyrock Road in Mendocino County. No injuries but the northbound lane is blocked at 2:40 p.m.
  • HWY 162: Open
  • Hwy 169: Open


  • Hwy 199: Open. (See Caltrans Traffic Cam)
  • Hwy 211: Open (Check out the Fernbridge live cam)
  • Hwy 254 (Avenue of the Giants): Open
  • Hwy 255: Open
  • Hwy 271: Open
  • Hwy 299: Open but has several minor rock slides. See traffic cam for the latest weather. (See Quickmap for more information)Caltrans traffic cam 299 rainy

Humboldt County Roads:

Here is what we know so far:

  • Pine Hill Road is experiencing flooding at Elk River Road. According to the CHP Traffic Information Page, Low profile vehicles cannot travel it.
  • Shelter Cove area: Beach Road at Telegraph Road had a tree down earlier. Crews were clearing it and it may now be open.


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