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Will "Last Chance Grade" and a lasting economic impact on Humboldt?

Posted by Fred Fletcher on Monday, February 23, 2015 Under: Development
Ten miles south of Crescent City lies a stretch of highway prone to landslides, over 200 since the road was constructed. Caltrans is contemplating constructing a bypass farther inland.  The costs of a bypass could be over $1.07 billion. One of our supervisors Rex Bohn stated over 50 businesses travel between Crescent City and Humboldt weekly. The real number is around 340 businesses if you include the marijuana industry. If nothing is done and this portion of road is closed the economic impact to the area could be devastating.  

The Times reported:

"The report, prepared by the Division of Transportation Planning of the California Department of Transportation, is a portion of a greater feasibility study which looks at the practicability of rerouting an oceanside section of U.S. Highway 101 just south of Crescent City that is susceptible to landslides and erosion and replacing it with a more geologically stable route farther inland.

Without an alternate route in place, if both lanes of Highway 101 were to be wiped out it would mean a 320-mile detour via U.S. Highway 199, Interstate 5 and State Route 299, estimated at an additional seven hours of travel time, according to the report.

This closure is calculated to cost Del Norte County’s economy approximately $300 million to $400 million and 3,000 to 4,000 jobs, according to the report. The travel costs of the detour are expected to be an annual $450,000.

Preliminary costs of putting in a bypass are from $250 million to $1.07 billion, and if the Last Chance Grade was knocked out beyond repair tomorrow it would take about three years before a bypass was in place, making the costs to the economy potentially higher than the project itself, according to the report."

The entire state of California would suffer economic losses if this portion of road is closed with no detour. Tourists from the north travel the coast of California for destinations like Los Angeles and San Diego. Public works cannot risk having this portion of road shut down without a reasonable alternative. Look for this project to receive fast track treatment over the next few years. With environmental studies not yet undertaken constructing the detour will take at least a decade.  

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Tags: humboldt  caltrans  california  business  economy 


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