Caltrans will make a presentation to the California Coastal Commission on Thursday, September 12 at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka in support of Coastal Consistency for the proposed Eureka-Arcata 101 Corridor Improvement Project. The public is encouraged to attend and comment on this long term safety and operational improvement project for this vital transportation corridor.
As a condition of Coastal Consistency, Caltrans has agreed that project construction will not begin before funding is secured for a bay trail project. This funding will include $1 million from Caltrans. The Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG) is also seeking to secure funding for the bay trail project.
The proposed project’s improvements include a half-signal at Airport Road, a grade separation at Indianola Road, as well as closing median openings to improve safety and reduce delays in the corridor. Caltrans has received concurrence from the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
What: California Coastal Commission Meeting
When: Thursday, September 12. Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m.
(The Eureka-Arcata Corridor project is the twelfth item on the agenda.)
Where: Wharfinger Building, 1 Marina Way in Eureka.
Meeting Agenda: For the Eureka Coastal Commission meeting agenda please visit: www.coastal.ca.gov/mtgcurr.html
Yesterday, August 21, photo simulations of the proposed grade separation at Indianola Cutoff were presented before the Arcata City Council. These simulations include views of the intersection of US Route 101 at Indianola Cutoff both before and after the project, as well as views after the project with a bay trail. To learn more about bicycle and pedestrian options for the project, please see this previous post. To see the complete set of Indianola Cutoff simulations as presented before the Arcata City Council, please follow this link (PDF, 1.6MB).
Caltrans has requested that the coastal consistency item for the Eureka-Arcata Corridor Project be heard at the California Coastal Commission’s September meeting in Eureka. The agenda change will better accommodate local public participation.
The latest California Coastal Commission staff report regarding the project has been received by Caltrans and the document is currently under review. The staff report is available for download here. (PDF 11 MB)
A project news and information blog is available at EurekaArcataCorridor.wordpress.com where we will be posting project updates in the future as they become available.