Accident at Peg House–Traffic Nasty Today–Should be Better Tomorrow
An accident near the Peg House at just after 6pm this evening tops off a day full of traffic problems from the normally serene stretch of Highway 101 in Southern Humboldt. Today’s traffic problems included long delays of up to an hour at the 101 slide north of Garberville, trash in the lanes, and protesters in Richardson Grove. The accident just south of the Peg House features a vehicle into a bank–so far there are no reported injuries so hopefully it will clean up fast.
Today’s traffic at the slide which was projected to have only delays of 10 minutes escalated into a nightmare for drivers. In an effort to control the situation, construction will only happen at night. According to Julie East, Caltrans’ spokeperson,
Crews are installing two drainage crossings for which they needed to use one-way traffic control with a pilot car. We were anticipating 10-minute delays with that work, but those delays were somewhat longer due to higher-than-expected traffic volumes. To reduce impacts to the traveling public, there has been a change of plans for tomorrow’s work and we won’t start until 7PM and should be finished by 5AM Wednesday morning. Then it will be back to one lane open in each direction.
The road is projected to be back to four lanes by winter.