EUREKA, Calif. — The California Coastal Commission approved CalTrans's application for the Eureka-Arcata Route 101 Corridor Improvement Project Tuesday.
On Aug. 6, commissioners decided on a 10-1 vote for improvements on the 6-mile long segment of Highway 101, along east side of Humboldt Bay between the slough bridge in Eureka. After several hours, staff members approved Caltrans application with conditions.
The meeting addressed many concerns from the public about the Indianola cutoff, one person calling it a "death trap."
During the meeting, Caltrans Project Manager Jeff Pimentel, pointed out collision rates on Indianola and compared it statewide. He said, "We have nearly double the statewide average on that location."
Pimentel told commissioners that this is an "immediate safety need."
This project includes: Installation of median crossing closures, construction of new interchange at Indianola cutoff; extensions of highway acceleration and deceleration lanes; replacement of southbound Jacoby Creek Bridge and Gannon Slough Bridge; replacement of tide gates; and other roadway improvements.
The conditions include: Sea Level Rise and Flooding Impact Monitoring and Reporting; Long-term Sea Level Rise Phased Adaption Plan and Required CDPA; Visual Impacts Mitigation; Coastal Trail Planning; Spartina Removal Plan as Additional Offsite Mitigation for Permanent Wetland Impact; Jacoby Creek Bridge Tidewater Goby Monitoring Survey; Jacoby Creek Demolition Plan; Tide Gate Replacement and Monitoring; Pile Driving Protections; Hydroacoustic Monitoring Plan, On-Site Mitigation and Monitoring Plan; Construction Responsibilities; Erosion and Sediment Control and Pollution Prevention Plan; Herbicide Management Plan; Final Lighting Plan; Debris Removal Plan; Protection of Archaeological Resources; Final Construction Plans; Public Access During Construction; Final Tree Planting Plan; Seasonal Limitations for Authorized Development; State Lands Commission Approval; Assumption of Risk, Waiver of Liability, and Indemnity Agreement; Encroachment Permit; Evidence of Legal Ability of Applicant to Undertake Development on Property Owned by Others and Comply with Conditions of Approval; Liability of Costs and Attorneys' Fees.
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