[UPDATE 5:20 p.m.] Sunny Saturday With Rough Roads

A slide near Piercy has closed Hwy 101. A detour is in place. [Photo by Caltrans]

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend. According to the National Weather Service, “the next two days should have high temperatures peaking in the mid to upper 50s along the coast while inland areas rise to the low to mid 60s.”

While the Eel River at Fernbridge and the Klamath River at Klamath are both still at monitor stage, the water is expected to continue to drop. Check out this interactive map on rivers where you can see predictions and measurements.

Below is what we know about the battered roads in our area 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.)
  • Hwy 3: Open
  • Hwy 36: Open
  • Hwy 96:
    • According to Caltrans, “SR 96 is reduced to one lane with traffic control at Cade Mountain (Siskiyou CO) due to a slip-out. Motorists should expect delay. Conditions subject to change.”
  • Hwy 101:
    • 101 is currently open near Piercy where traffic had been detoured onto 271 because of a slide.
  • 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: Mostly clear. However, the large slide at Big French Creek is still blocking east/west travel. New info from Caltrans:

     February 11, 2017
    — 5:30 to 7:30 am – One way traffic control with short delays

Humboldt County Roads:

Alderpoint Road approximately 18 miles east of Garberville. [Photo by Ed Denson]

Here’s what we know. As we learn details, we will add the information below.

    • Alderpoint Road one lane at PM 30.33 and PM 34.79
    • Benbow Drive Closed
    • Bell Springs Road–open but not passable by trucks with trailers.
    • Berta Road flooded
    • Cannibal Island -Flooded
    • Coffee Creek Road closed
    • Drake Hill Rd at PM 0.75 Closed for AT&T work thru the evening
    • East Branch Road in Benbow one way controlled traffic.
    • Eel River Drive closed at mile marker 1.
    • Eel Rock Rd. – 1 Lane Controlled traffic at PM 2.7
    • Fullmore Rd. Closed due to flooding
    • Hookton Rd. open but slippery
    • Howard Heights Flooded
    • Hidden Court closed
    • Kings Peak road closed at mile marker 7
    • Landergen Road closed
    • Mattole Rd
      • 1 way control due to flooding at PM 11.13 and PM 5.0
      • Closed at mile marker 11.13 starting Monday for part of the day (see here for more information)
    • Meridian between Port Kenyon and Centerville Closed
    • McCann’s boat operations have been suspended
    • Mosswood Lane closed
    • Nunnemaker Rd at Eel Rock Rd. Closed- Slide/Slipout
    • Oakcrest closed
    • Old Arcata Road between Graham and Jacoby Creek Flooded
    • Old Briceland Road closed at mm 2.3
    • Port Kenyon closed
    • Redwood Drive by the Bluffs open
    • Salmon Creek Road closed at 0.56mm detour 101 or Maple Hills Road
    • Shively Road 1 lane controlled traffic at 3.56mm and 7.00mm.
    • Stagecoach Rd. – PM 1.00 Closed
    • Wilder Ridge Road closed at Landergen Road indefinitely no alternate route.

Mendocino County Roads:

The Mendocino Voice has information here.

Trinity County Roads:

We have limited information at this time.



  • Ms kym, to avoid any further confusion. .. hwy 271 isn’t in Ferndale 😉

    Hwy 255: Open
    Hwy 271 (Ferndale): now closed (See here for more info)

    Thank you again for all that you do! 🙇

    • Ack! I thought I’d fixed that….Thank you. I’ve not only fixed it but checked it twice to make sure I didn’t screw up again. I need more sleep!

      • You’re doing a fantastic job, Kym. There’s a lot to keep up with and on top of right now regarding road conditions, particularly in addition to all of the other topics you’re finding the time to write about and share with readers. Thank you for all that you do here.

  • Concerned about the family’s in mccann..no power in days..no County boat..which means no access to fix power..and no provisions..there are children there..no phones,because no power..very worried

  • I bet water has been being diverted on the backside or above the slide. Have they talked to the property owner above the Piercy slide? I mean it’s really the only explanation why so much water is constantly running down even after days without rain. People don’t realize how destructive water can be until after the diversion is done.

    • Where are you living, days without rain??? I drove from redway to eureka yesterday eve and it dumped multiple times.
      Theres this thing called saturation that has nothing to do with diverted water, and a substance known as blue goo in our substrate.
      Water goes where it can and will carve out old waterways. If anything the lack of full forests with old growth and underbrush to help stabilize slopes is the more likely human disturbance. Focusing on things like that and blaming the wrong issue helps no one and lets the real problem go unchecked. Have you seen the hillsides that maxxam clearcut??? They still dump tons of silt in the river. Hurwitz is sitting on billions laughing at everyone blaming growers for the problems he created and had no accountability for.

    • Lost Croat Outburst

      You’re kidding, right? All the water is supposed to stop if the rain quits for two or three days? We are way over normal rainfall anyway. Why is there any water anywhere in September if it hasn’t rained all summer? Sure, it’s low, but it’s running. How about your favorite never-fail spring?

    • There must be an illegal moonshine ‘stil up in that holler, yessiree. Good call.

  • Gma flowers,I hope you get answers soon.i wish I could help.God bless 💙

  • Honeydew Bridge Chump

    Oroville Dam is using the emergency spillway and may break.

  • Thank you for the road updates, Kym. They are very helpful!

  • I’ve always enjoyed your website so I decided to finally sign up.

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