[UPDATE 1:10 p.m.: Open to One-Way Controlled Traffic] Slide Closes Hwy 101 in the Early Morning Hours

101 Road Closed featureIn the early hours of this morning, an active landslide struck Highway 101 on Last Chance Grade, leading to the complete closure of a crucial north-south route in northern California. The incident was first reported at 12:07 a.m.

Caltrans reported just before 8 a.m. on Facebook, stating, “U.S. 101 is FULLY CLOSED south of Crescent City at Last Chance Grade, Del Norte County (PM 13.3-23.84) due to an active slide. Currently, there is no estimated time of reopening.”

Caltrans photo of Last Chance Grade shows the slide where the road has been damaged before.

Caltrans traffic cam of Last Chance Grade shows the slide is occurring where the road has been damaged before.

The closure of Hwy 101 at Last Chance Grade, a frequent source of problems, will have a significant impact. This major north south route is used by both trucking companies transporting supplies and travelers commuting along the California coast.

As a result of the closure, truckers and travelers will need to seek alternative routes. The recommended detour for those traveling northbound from Eureka is to take Hwy 299 to Interstate 5 which will add extra time to their journeys. Travelers on 299 be aware there will likely be more traffic on their route now.

Caltrans will be working to assess the situation, clear debris, and determine the road’s stability before announcing a reopening time. We will update as soon as we get new information.

UPDATE 8:38 a.m.: The slide continues to grow as seen in this photo taken at 8:31 by the Caltrans Traffic Cam.

The slide at Last Chance Grade continues to grow.

The slide at Last Chance Grade continues to grow. [Enlargement of a cropped photo from Caltrans Traffic Cam]


UPDATE 10:25 a.m.: Caltrans said, “The estimated time of reopening is 2:30 p.m.”
UPDATE 10:50 a.m.: Photos from the Caltrans Facebook page:

UPDATE 1:10 p.m.: Caltrans said, “U.S. 101 is OPEN to one-way controlled traffic south of Crescent City at Last Chance Grade, Del Norte County (PM 13.3-23.84) due to an active slide. This is subject to change and is dependent on no additional slide activity. “

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farfromputin
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farfromputin
6 months ago

Be safe CalTrans people. You are appreciated!

Truck driver
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Truck driver
6 months ago
Reply to  farfromputin

FYI caltrans doesn’t do much. All the sub contractors do the hard work. Caltrans mostly sits around and milks the tax payers. Drive by any big job and you’ll see this.

Bob
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Bob
6 months ago
Reply to  Truck driver

Depends on the size of the job. CalTrans crews generally deal with all the random issues like this, contractors deal with new construction.
Stick to driving your truck, and slow down in the work zones. Also, 3 axels or more restrict you to 55 mph.
The CalTrans field crews appreciate you not killing them. None of them want a sign with their name in it.

Just a Guy
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Just a Guy
6 months ago
Reply to  Truck driver

Im with Bob, Caltrans is constantly taking care of the plugged culverts, downed trees, slides, etc. On 299 they work hard and constant. The big companies do the engineering improvements, but they only work 8-12 hours a day. Caltrans runs crews 24/7.

Bob
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Bob
6 months ago
Reply to  Truck driver

Partner,,,,you know nothing about what you speak.
If you knew,you would understand that a contractor was paid to repair that section of road, and it is their responsibility to make it right.

H8ts Trolls
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H8ts Trolls
6 months ago
Reply to  Truck driver

FYI, you don’t know Jack about CalTrans

Truck driver
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Truck driver
6 months ago
Reply to  H8ts Trolls

Ha. I worked there. I know a lot more than you guys but keep believing they don’t waste our taxpayers money.

Sixrivers
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Sixrivers
6 months ago
Reply to  Truck driver

Department and location, and for how many years?

Truck driver
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Truck driver
6 months ago
Reply to  Sixrivers

Maintenance. I worked long enough to realize my work ethics far exceeded caltrans standards. I have friends in all departments that agree with me. I’ve already exceeded my discussion limits with keyboard warriors. Keep voting for that gas tax and taxpayers will keep getting robbed. They sure as hell don’t give any to the employees because I’m making double in the private sector. Have a nice day!

treeman53
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treeman53
6 months ago
Reply to  Truck driver

Sure you worked for them
i spent years working for them,all over Mendocino,Lake,Humboldt,and DelNorte counties.If you worked for them,you would never say that

tru matters
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tru matters
6 months ago

Slip sliding away,,,,,,,,
And they are up against Mother Nature. They just did the Last Chance Grade Project. Fix one place another goes,

Last edited 6 months ago
Bug on a Windshield
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Bug on a Windshield
6 months ago
Reply to  tru matters

Will everyone please rise, er, run for cover, for the California State Anthem:
California, slips into the sea . . .

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tru matters
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tru matters
6 months ago

I always hoped it would just float off and become an island.

H8ts Trolls
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H8ts Trolls
6 months ago

Thanks to Colonists and Trolls.

Bug on a Windshield
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Bug on a Windshield
6 months ago

Good thing they just got done fixing it.

Steelhead
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Steelhead
6 months ago

Not the same area that just re-opened.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
6 months ago
Reply to  Steelhead

True. The current slide is just a bit south of what was just finished.

Bug on a Windshield
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Bug on a Windshield
6 months ago
Reply to  Steelhead

Thanks Steelhead and Anonymous.

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Dogbiter
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Dogbiter
6 months ago

Gravity is SOOO cruel!

Bug on a Windshield
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Bug on a Windshield
6 months ago
Reply to  Dogbiter

Gravity really brings me down.

tru matters
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tru matters
6 months ago

The gravity of the situation.

Wabbajack
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Wabbajack
6 months ago
Reply to  tru matters

Gravity sucks

Guest
Guest
Guest
6 months ago
Reply to  Wabbajack

Gravity and the Slippery Slope. It’s depressing.

Mike Morgan
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6 months ago
Reply to  Dogbiter

It’s the law.

Watch the road
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Watch the road
6 months ago

Just went through there yesterday evening and we said we wondered how long it would be before it was closed again. They just opened it up without signal lights.

Gary Whittaker
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Gary Whittaker
6 months ago

Thanks Kym for any updates you can pass along for us southern del Norte residents.

Ernie Branscomb
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Ernie Branscomb
6 months ago

Last Chance grade is Mother Natures version of “Whack-a-Mole”. She must be having a ton of fun with us poor mortals. She probably calls her version “Fix-a-Slide”.

Jimi Hendrix
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Jimi Hendrix
6 months ago

Senator Mike McGuire continues to cost taxpayers millions

SecretAgent.001
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SecretAgent.001
6 months ago
Reply to  Jimi Hendrix

Our six digit elected/appointed in Sacto are still working on a permanent fix but keeps being interrupted by a high speed rail system farther south.

Gary Whittaker
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Gary Whittaker
6 months ago
Reply to  Jimi Hendrix

True, he voted for the gas taxes, high speed train, and stealing eel river water south. He’s much too busy to be bothered with the north coast.

Jimi Hendrix
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Jimi Hendrix
6 months ago

Slow for the cone zone…

Jimi Hendrix
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Jimi Hendrix
6 months ago

Slow 4 the cone zone

The Mendolorian
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The Mendolorian
6 months ago

Are they ever going to fix shit the way shit gets fixed in Europe?
Why is it that we spend billions for a shit job done poorly?
I’m about tired of my money getting embezzled and the general public fucked over because of some yuppy skumfuck in a suit and tie funneling the funds into his own pockets
We are tired of it!

Ernie Branscomb
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Ernie Branscomb
6 months ago

I agree that Europe does a much better job on roads. However they have some of the most ancient geology in the world and it doesn’t move around, lift, drop, slip and fracture like the north-west coast of America. Sometimes our mountains fracture so badly that they send a tsunami to japan and the Pacific Ocean. About every three hundred years?

Our mountains are still growing and they don’t hold together that well. Growing Pains?

H8ts Trolls
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H8ts Trolls
6 months ago

Europeans sent idiots to murder a civilized culture in the Americas. Now look at it. Colonists Go Back!

jripplefire
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jripplefire
6 months ago

They said the most expensive fix was a humongous tunnel. But it’s starting to look less extravagant. Although the scenery loss would be tragic.

suspence
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suspence
6 months ago
Reply to  jripplefire

Tunnel might be only option due to CEQA.

Mike Morgan
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6 months ago

That is so disappointing; but not very surprising. However, I don’t remember all these slides being so common in the 1970s or 1980s. Is it just bad memory or has something changed?

MendoNative
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MendoNative
6 months ago

Try taking a look at Ridgewood Grade South of Willits!! It’s been sliding since it was ORIGINALLY BUILT and CONTINUES to! There ARE ways around it (that take much longer, no less), but it’s always a pain! Look how long it took them to out a bypass around the Confusion Hill mess!! The mountain South of Willits will never be stable enough to keep the road from slipping. Those of us in that area are used to it.

Ernie Branscomb
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Ernie Branscomb
6 months ago

There is a 10.5 mile long automobile tunnel and a 35 mile long multitrack railroad tunnel in Switzerland. Google Gotthard base tunnel.

Been through it on a passenger train.

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Seldom Seen
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Seldom Seen
6 months ago

Yes Hi Ernie, I was told by a broker Leon Cody in Junction City years ago that there is “Incompatible Geology” that attributes to hillsides not cooperating with undermining.
His experience with Ironside and other slopes says it all. The Tunnel should gave been started long ago.

Suñny
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Suñny
6 months ago

Sunny