Mendocino County Board of Supervisors say ‘move forward’ on Willits Bypass

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[NOTE: An earlier version of this post erroneously attributed this letter of support as coming from Supervisor Hamburg personally, not from the Board of Supervisors as a whole]

In a March 26, 2013 letter to Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, Mendocino County Fifth District Supervisor Dan Hamburg wrote on behalf  of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors saying it is time to build the Willits Bypass Project. . .

Re: Continued Support for the Willits Bypass Project

Dear Director Dougherty,

Despite 14 years of environmental studies and six years to obtain the necessary permits from resource agencies, the U.S. 101 bypass of Willits remains a controversial project within a small segment of the local community.

This letter is intended to remind you of the local need and commitment to the conclusion of this project. Since the first studies were underway, the Mendocino Council of Governments, the Willits City Council, and the County Board of Supervisors have each consistently endorsed the Willits Bypass. Additional backing has come from counties to the north. Furthermore, the California Transportation Commission unanimously supports the funding for this project.

At this time, the public process for the Willits Bypass has concluded and the construction phase has begun. Please work with the appropriate agencies and take the necessary actions to allow the contractor and their employees to move forward without further delays and additional unnecessary costs to the tax payers.

Sincerely,

Dan Hamburg, Chair
Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Dan Hamburg signed letter (PDF 66K)