SB 1 Funds Help Caltrans Accelerate Repairs on 299 in Trinity County

This is a press release from Caltrans:

Trinity County — Caltrans will repave eight lane miles of State Route 299 from east of Little French Creek to east of Manzanita Creek Bridge near the community of Big Bar in Trinity County, due to the funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

“This section of SR-299 runs along Trinity River, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, near several recreational spots and popular campgrounds, and it is the key connector between Redding and the Pacific Coast,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “This project is important to the many tourists, residents and commercial trucks that depend on a smooth commute to safely reach their destination.”

SR-299 serves as the main road for the communities of Burnt Ranch, Big Bar and Big Flat. More than 2,000 motorists per day use the rural, scenic highway. Many small businesses dedicated to water rafting, lodging and other tourism services rely on the good condition of SR-299 because it is the main access route to their business. Large commercial truckers use the highway to move goods from Central California and other states through the coast. Local families depend on the state route to transport their child to school and other basic services. The pavement project will provide motorists with optimal road conditions, and a safer and smoother commute.

“Without this SB1 funded project, the pavement would continue to erode and result in costly maintenance repairs,” said Caltrans District 2 Deputy District Director Don Anderson. “Having to constantly patch the road means impacts to traffic and delays. This project will repair the roadway, reduce delays, maintenance costs and enhance the ride quality, saving the public time and money.”

The $1.3 million pavement project has been awarded to Tullis, Inc. of Redding, California, who will focus on filling potholes, restoring the roadway and improving traffic safety. Work began the week of June 4 and crews are working Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. One-way traffic control and a single lane closure will continue to be in place throughout the duration of the project, with anticipated delays of approximately 15 minutes. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, use alternate routes, and Be Work Zone Alert.

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 @CaltransD2.

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



  • When are they going to do something about Last Chance Grade???

  • This is a nasty thing going on with designated and special taxes. There must be a tendency to let infrastructure be short funded and deteriorate with the idea that when it gets bad enough, people will be willing to vote for a tax increase while the funds that used to cover such things are spent elsewhere without having to face the voters. Same with services like police, schools and fire. People will support those because it is something they see daily while a lot of other spending would not be supported if brought to the voters. It encourages spending that shouldn’t be done. Never have we had such a high level of taxes and fees, yet it is never enough for maintenance, which should be done regularly, not as a selling point for a special tax.

    • Well you sure have a positive outlook on life.

    • Youreally need to educate yourself guest. The gas tax will improve lives in the long run….sounds like you are listening to the wrong people.

      • The point is that the roads should have been maintained all along. Until necessities are funded, like police, fire and infrastructure, money should not be used (especially wasted) on other things so that maintenance is not done all along. It’s called budgeting.

        Again the point was that a special tax was needed reflects that there was poor planning. And, in a tit for that with the personal judgement loaded into your comment, you may now consider yourself educated at last.

  • Paving is done. They painted today. Gravel on the shoulders seems like the only thing left.

  • California, second highest gas tax in the nation with the 5th worst roads.

    • California. Over 306,000 lane miles. Second only to Texas. And if you think our roads are bad go drive around Texas for a while. I think they patch the potholes with armidillos.

      • Texas has almost twice as many road miles then California.

        Texas is also almost twice the size of California, Texas brought in an estimated $111,195,472,338 in taxes in 2017. Which was really easy to find with a quick Google search. California on the other hand is not so easy to find, the most current tax revenue chart I can find for direct comparison between California and Texas is for 2012 which shows that Californian paid almost three times as much in taxes then Texas. I’m curious what the difference was in 2017.

      • Texas roads are rated way better than California and for a fraction of the price. I’d take a patch job with a armidillo compared to nothing which seems to be the case here

        • Mostly flat roads vs some of the newest most rugged, moving land in the US..maybe not a fair comparison?

          • I agree that mostly Texas roads are easier but with three times the tax base California should do better. It’s made clear every time I turn off the patch job done on the road home that is labelled with the sign about it being done because of special funding (whoop-de- doo) onto the next road that is so deteriorated that it scary. That road is going to suddenly fall down the hill because the maintenance that was relatively inexpensive earlier was never done. The root heaves on it are so large that some wise guy painted some of them to look like orange alligators. The county did take notice then and came back to spray paint over the art work. The county is not only killing vehicles but also anyone’s sense of humor about dealing with them.

          • Yeah it of the 2 sates only one is over staffed by 3500 employees costing 500 million is pure waste (or fraud). Only about 20 percent of the road budget gets spent on actually fixing the road, that is why it cost 2.5 to 4 times the national average to maintain our roads.

          • Or maybe it’s because they keep repaving the same damn stretches of Road over and over, while the rest Fall Apart. It’s like why did they repave the stretch across the bluffs? That stretch had just been done a couple years back and was still in good shape, not only that but even though they’re repaved it, it’s still got the same damn bumps except for that one between the industrial park and the renner station. Honestly it seems rougher now then it was.

            Me and a friend were remodeling an old Victorian up by the Cineplex in Eureka. The neighbor who is in a wheelchair had been petitioning the city to steamroll the dirt alley in between the houses so he could access it with his wheelchair, after years of asking they finally steamrolled it. I shit you not, the very next day they were in there with a backhoe digging a sewer connection to the house we were rebuilding and then did a shit patch job on the trench and left it. That winter it was nothing but mud.

            • I have seen the same thing on many roads. A massive repair or infrastructure creation right after a major paving project. So often that I can’t get it out of my mind that it must be the actual goal.

              • Yep, they did the same thing to the Bluffs last time they repaved it. About a month after repaving John or Ray is there digging trenches across the new road for Culvert replacement.. lol

  • “popular campgrounds” not according to the forest service use surveys done on weekdays.

  • When the democrats moved gas taxes to the general fund, the fox moved into the hen-house. Cal trans is, like the so called school system, corrupt to the core. Where’s your money, in the pockets of over payed, inept bureaucrats drawing lavish salaries, unrealistic retirements, and healthcare coverage that wealth producers can only dream of. Our burden is 58.3 cents a gallon, and one of only six states that charge sales tax on fuel. P.J. O’Rourke nailed it, “Giving money to the government is like sharing a bottle of Jack Daniels with your 16 year old, then tossing him the keys to your car”. By the way Kym Texas pays 20 cents a gallon. One third of what we pay here.

  • And California is now trying to pass a tax by the mile for drivers as well. It will disproportionately affect people that live in rural areas, yet we will see very little of the actual tax revenue.

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