Humboldt/Mendocino to Get Nearly $15 Million in Road Fixes on 101, 271, and 299, Says Caltrans

Caltrans District CT BlurPress release from Caltrans:

Caltrans added nearly 1,200 lane miles of pavement repair and 66 bridges to its growing list of projects to be delivered sooner than planned thanks to the imminent influx of  revenue from the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1), the transportation funding and reform package passed in April. To date, Caltrans has now expedited nearly $5 billion in “fix-it-first” projects since the spring.

“Years of unfunded maintenance needs have plagued our roadways, so Caltrans is expediting projects with the expectation of SB 1 funds coming in November,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “We are lining up projects that are going to deliver real results for all users of the state transportation system.”

This latest approval of 90 major “fix-it-first” transportation projects, worth nearly $3.4 billion, are part of a list Caltrans submitted to the California Transportation Commission (Commission) that was voted on at the Commission’s October meeting.

Improvements to be made by these projects include improving or replacing 66 bridges; rehabilitating nearly 1,200 lane miles of pavement on highways across the state; repairing more than 300 culverts and drainage systems; and installing nearly 2,400 elements that are part of traffic management systems that help manage traffic and reduce congestion.

Among the projects that received funding allocations were:

A $6.2 million drainage project on U.S. Highway 101 and Route 271 in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties, an $8.7 million drainage project on Route 299 in Humboldt County, a $5.2 million bridge project on Route 20 in Lake County, a $4.6 million traffic management systems project on multiple routes in Lake and Mendocino Counties, and a $4.9 million traffic management systems project on multiple routes in Lake County.

The projects authorized today come on the heels of more than $285 million in accelerated existing highway repair projects announced earlier in July, and nearly $901 million in “fix-it-first” projects in August.

SB 1 provides an ongoing funding increase of approximately $1.8 billion annually for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the state highway system, including $400 million specifically for bridges and culverts. SB 1 funds will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027. Caltrans will also fix 7,700 traffic operating systems, like ramp meters, traffic cameras and electric highway message boards that help reduce highway congestion.

Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1, visit

October CTC Accelerated Projects


  • First road to fix Old briceland Road up over the hill from the airport. Spend some money on that road for sure it was bad when I was a child 57 years ago

    • Old Briceland Road is not a CalTrans road. The county would have to fix it and there’s a long list ahead of it. For sure it’s in bad shape.

    • A road that I use frequently is so bad that someone painted designs on the bumps and the seriously deep potholes. The county was not amused. They eliminated the criticism by spray painting over everything with life saving orange.

  • I bet we seem them clean up 299 and a month later trench down it for the new fiber line.

  • Hmmm… $8.7 million to replace culverts on 299 from Blue Lake to Boise Creek.

    Yup. CalTrans just re-paved that road. Nice.
    Now they can dig it up again.

  • Caltrans spends money faster than the Govt’ can print it. Easy with no oversight. Lots of unnecessary moves to spend as much as possible. No incentive to be efficient.

    • I’ve wondered why that happens so often. A project just makes the road all nice and smooth and another project follows on its heels to dig it up.

  • All these millions and nothing for first responders

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