Hwy at 101 by Last Chance Grade is closed due to a landslide covering the single lane that was open. Trees are down, along with mud and boulders. The road has not gone into the ocean. At first the closure was first anticipated to be a couple hours long. Both lanes are currently closed, but the latest news by Caltrans now indicates it will take up to 4 hours to clear the road… or about 9 pm.
According to Jody Mangum, local Crescent City acupuncturist, she was in line to go through, as the signal turned green. Her fiance’s father and his sister were in the car ahead and thought their dog was making a fuss. But then they saw cracks in the road, and the noise of the trees coming down and Mr. Collins stomped down on his Cadillac accelerator with the V8 engine and whomped through there grateful that they were not crushed to death by the falling trees.
Jody is stuck on the wrong side and can’t get through. She hopes that Caltrans or some agency will put up signs letting people know that the road is closed and that there will be work going on for up to 4 hours clearing the downed trees, mud and boulders.
UPDATE: Per Karen Sanders, Caltrans; as of 2:30 am, Saturday, March 25th, one lane is open.
Some additional news: On the March 28, 2017 agenda for the Board of Supervisors, there’s agenda item # 15: Approve and appoint Supervisor Cowan to Congressman Huffman’s Last Chance Grade Stakeholder Group as requested by Chair Howard.**
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW THIS MAKES ANY SENSE? WHY IS A DISTRICT 2 SUPERVISOR, LORI COWAN, GOING ONTO A STAKEHOLDER’S GROUP IN SUPERVISOR BOB BERKOWITZ’S DISTRICT 5 ARENA? HUH? DOES ANYBODY NOT KNOW THAT LAST CHANCE GRADE IS IN DISTRICT 5?
Photo credit to Caltrans, District 1.