Roads and Rivers: The Latest News


Hwy 299 looks beautiful at Berry Summit but there are now three slides to worry about before Redding. [Photo from Caltrans Traffic Cam]

The sun is breaking through in some areas and the world looks glorious. But….we’ve still got a winter weather watch above 2500 feet until late this afternoon and the roads took a beating yesterday. Down below we’ve got the latest on our rivers and the major roadways through our area as well updates on Humboldt County roads.

We’ll keep the post as up-to-date as possible so you can check in as needed. Green font indicates information that has been updated since the post went up.

Rivers: Most rivers in northwest California are now receding. 

  • Eel River at Fernbridge crested Saturday just above monitor stage at 8 a.m. and is now receding.
  • Mad River near Arcata crested Friday and is receding.

State Highways:

Hwy 299: There are several major slides on Hwy 299.

  • One is near Big Bar in Trinity County. It is closed again as of Monday morning at 8:20 p.m. Caltrans says, “Highway 299 is fully closed due to a slide at French Creek Road west of Big Bar in Trinity County. Crews have been working since early this morning to reopen the roadway. It’s currently estimated that one-way traffic control will go into effect within a few hours.”
  • The second is east of Douglas City in Trinity County. A slide closed the highway Thursday and it is now only open to one-way controlled traffic.

Hwy 271:  Closed due to slipout at the end of Dimmick Road to near the Piercy Community Center.

Hwy 101: A major sinkhole has eaten a portion of the road near Brookings, Oregon and there is a full detour off Hwy 101. An aerial video of the hole is available here.

Hwy 96: Approximately three miles south of Hoopa has been re-opened to one-way controlled traffic. Caltrans says as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday, “Please note that this may change at any time if the landslide destabilizes. Expect delays if traveling through the area, and always obey the directions of traffic control personnel.” (Take a look at this video of the slide...Trees crumple across the road. It’s VERY active.)

Hwy 1: One lane traffic, one mile west of Hwy 101.

Humboldt County Roads: (In alphabetical order—Note: links will go to photos and more info.) Some of these may be old news as this is the weekend and hard to get information. Please update us if you can. Photos are wonderful ways of showing a situation.

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Berta Road late yesterday. [Photo provided by a reader.]

Avenue of the Giants: Closed south of the Miranda exit and north of Phillipsville. Trees down.

Berta Road: Flooded

East Benbow Road: Dropping but still passable.

Elk River Road: Flooded

Glendale Drive: Closed due to flooding

Hookton Road at Eel River Drive: Flooded

Howard Heights Road: Flooding.

Jacoby Creek Road: Flooded

Old Briceland Road:Closed at approximately mile marker 1 to mile marker 5.  A section has sunk.

Redwood Drive: Still closed north of Redway. Open between Redway and Garberville though.



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