Senate Bill 1 Funds Allow Caltrans to Accelerate Highway 101 Repairs in Humboldt County

This is a press release from Caltrans District 1:

HUMBOLDT — Caltrans will repave more than 23 lane miles of U.S. Highway 101 from north of Boyes Creek Viaduct to north of Prairie Creek Park Undercrossing in Humboldt County, due to funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

“Not only is US-101 the main artery connecting the counties of Humboldt and Del Norte, it is also known as the Redwood Highway because travelers use the roadway to go to popular campgrounds and see California’s gorgeous Redwoods,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “This project will allow crews to improve and protect this vital roadway.”

More than 10,000 vehicles per day use that stretch of roadway to reach their destination, including large recreational vehicles and commercial trucks.

“Without this SB 1 funded project, the pavement would continue to deteriorate, which would have a direct impact on travelers and result in costly maintenance repairs in the future,” said Caltrans District 1 Director Matthew Brady. “Providing a smooth roadway is imperative for our community and commerce.”

This $3.1 million pavement project has been awarded to Tidewater Construction Inc. Crews will use a rubberized asphalt to make long-lasting repairs that eliminate potholes and restore the highway, improving traffic safety. Work is scheduled to begin May 1, and take place during the day, Monday through Friday. It is anticipated that one lane in each direction will be open for traffic throughout the duration of the project. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, use alternate routes, and Be Work Zone Alert. For real-time traffic information use the Caltrans’ QuickMap App (, call 1-800-GAS-ROAD, or check the Road Information Bulletin at

Work schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues. More information and updates on projects can be found at, or on Twitter via @CaltransDist1.

SB 1 provides an ongoing funding increase of approximately $1.8 billion annually for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the state highway system. 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 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



  • Some nice pr work by caltrans immediately after we find out a vote to repeal sb1 will likely be on the November ballot. I would be in favor of the gas tax if caltrans and the politicians weren’t spending the money like they were a trust fund baby but will zero accountability. i wonder if they will continue to show a effort after November or resort back to what they do every time, which is basically nothing.

    • New taxes suck. Making the poor working class pay for roads that should be maintained by the feds. Turning into a more communist state everyday. “Hey I got an idea!” Says mr Brown “ take away there guns,raise gas prices, tax the shit out of them and when they revolt, throw em prison!” Next. Tax weed smokers. Every time u buy a “lid” u have to throw a dollar in a jar for Jerry brown!?!?!

      • You don’t have to by gas and drive the roads then.

      • 2nd highest gas tax, 5th worst roads in the nation. I do buy gas and allot of it and I pay allot of registration, is it a bad thing for me to not want to have to repair my vehicle from damages commuting? Oh and did I mention they spend more than 2.5 times the nation average to maintain the 5 worst roads in the nation. They were found to have something like 3500 overstaffed employees costing california taxpayers 500 million a year. It’s a crime to not pay taxes but squander them as a government employee and you have a place management

    • Right, now they can repave the same stretch of 101 3 times this year. Just think of all the improvements they can do after they initiate the tax by the mile scheme they are working on.

  • Veterans friend

    3 words:

  • Seriously? This is a state/financial priority?
    Yes, CalTrans keeps our roads in good condition, and then some (overkill). It often looks like they are building and repaving just for the sake of maintaining their HUGE budget. (They just repaved a section of 101 in So Hum that I never noticed had any issues at all). I say cut CalTrans budget and put more into schools, fire preparedness, and urgent social issues.
    I am aware that some of the food you put on your table, Kym, is from a skilled, hard working, good CalTrans job. So I hope no offense taken.

    • Some Cal Trans employees will be in Deep Sh_tuff if a Self Standing Shovel is ever invented!!! Most are very hard working but others…!!!

    • The new pavement is really nice, though. They will probably never get as far as Eureka, drag.

  • Divide by Zero

    How about using the “gas tax” for road repairs as was promised when it was imposed. Remember Pat Brown’s promise. “Every dime will fund the finest roads in the country”. Pat kept that promise, then along came Jerry.

    • Heh. You know, just about every day now I dream of smacking Moonbeam and telling him his father would be ashamed of him. Home was such a great place for ALL of us when Pat ran the show.

  • I only hope this doesn’t become a vehicle for perpetual employment, or for a boon-doggle like the Willits By Pass. (And yes, Pat Brown rocked it.)

    • groba dude osnt trustafarian

      Willits by-pass is the bomb! I am SO glad to skip Willits, forever! We can drive right past Garberville too!


      How about a Richardson Grove bypass? A nice Laytonville bypass? How about a Eureka bypass?

      It would be nice to be able to drive right past ALL the shit-hole towns in Humboldt and Mendo!

      AND: If you don’t like the government, change it!

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