What’s the status of the Sherwood Road Intersection Improvement which is part of the Willits Bypass Project?

Proposed Sherwood Road Intersection Improvement.  This design is subject to change as the project progresses.

Proposed Sherwood Road Intersection Improvement. This initial design is subject to change as the project progresses.

Caltrans is committed to improvements at the intersection of Route 101 and Sherwood Road. The current plan will add dedicated turn lanes, move the intersection slightly to the north, and realign Sherwood Road so that access to and from the new Route 101 north interchange will be easier.

The funds for this project were programmed, or budgeted, by the California Transportation Commission in March 2012. There is about $200,000 for right of way costs, and about $3.5 million for construction. These funds were split off from the main Willits Bypass Project, along with funds for the Ryan Creek fish passage improvements, the Route 101 relinquishment to the City of Willits, and the main mitigation project which will go out to bid this summer. This was done to make it easier to schedule and manage these smaller projects.

Caltrans has completed geotechnical studies of the hillside next to the intersection and has completed an initial design plan which will install a retaining wall along the west side of Sherwood Road (see diagram). The retaining wall is currently undergoing design review.

Construction of this project will not occur before the bypass opens to traffic due to potential long delays for motorists caused by the traffic control which will be needed. The current schedule calls for the intersection improvements to be ready to go to bid spring 2016, with construction beginning spring 2017.