WILLITS BYPASS PROJECT
The following is a summary of the construction activities that have been completed up to September 20, 2016
- Contractor has completed approximately 96% of work on the project.
South Segment (Beginning of Project to Center Valley Road) – STA”A”96+00 to 149+00 (3.3 miles):
- Paving HMA complete with the exception of Stamped gore paving at ramp gores. Completion is expected by October 01.
- Northbound traffic is currently routed onto the bypass to the new Hwy 20 exit and back to Willits. Traffic will be in this configuration until the bypass opening.
- Striping and delineation operations are in process. Completion is expected by the middle of October.
- The Drainage systems are complete and functioning.
- Electrical facilities for message boards and CCTV cameras are currently being installed. Completion is expected by the middle of October. Street lighting is operational.
- Roadway signs are currently being installed and anticipated to be completed in early October.
- All structures are complete.
- Contractor is working on miscellaneous punchlist items and cleanup to complete construction. Completion is anticipated to be complete by the end of October.
Floodway Viaduct – STA “A” 149+00 to 167+50 (1.2 miles): Continue reading
Caltrans staff provided a written update to the Willits City Council on October 22 on the status of the Willits Bypass. The complete text is provided below.
WILLITS BYPASS PROJECT
2014 CONSTRUCTION SEASON
OCTOBER 2014 UPDATE
The south interchange, looking southwest towards existing US Highway 101
The following is a summary of the construction activities that have been completed up to October 17, 2014 (Refer to Attachment No. 1 for Project Map).
- Contractor has completed approximately 50% of the work.
Southern Segment (Beginning of Project to Center Valley Road) – STA”A”96+00 to 149+00 (3.3 miles):
- Rock blanket on excavated slopes (U1 slope) is complete.
- Construction of crossover detour for northbound freeway traffic to U1 line is complete.
- Haehl Creek realignment and fish passage improvement work is complete.
- 101/20 Separation and Haehl Creek Bridges foundations are complete, abutments are complete, 101/20 superstructures anticipate November 2014 completion. Due to short work window and temporary suspension of Corps permit in June 2014, work on Haehl Creek Bridges is suspended and will resume next June 2015 and be complete in October 2015.
- Northbound onramp E20/N101 Connector Bridge is complete, except for concrete barrier rails.
- North Haehl Creek Bridge is complete, work on approaches is suspended until spring 2015.
- Pond relocation at Rutledge property is complete.
- Baechtel Creek retaining wall is complete, backfill and embankment will be completed in 2015.
- Embankment between Haehl Creek and Center Valley Road started, but is suspended until 2015.
- Erosion control is being installed at all locations.
On Wednesday, July 23, Caltrans Project Manager Mauricio Serrano and Senior Resident Engineer Geoffrey Wright provided the Willits City Council with a Willits Bypass Project update. The update included the following:
The realignment of Haehl Creek and fish passage improvement work has begun and is anticipated to be completed by mid-September. Continue reading
On June 20, just one week after State agencies approved the Willits Bypass Mitigation and Management Proposal, The U S Army Corps of Engineers notified Caltrans that their permit was conditionally suspended, and that all ground disturbing work within wetlands and stream beds was to halt. Caltrans staff were disappointed and surprised by the Corps decision to suspend the permit. Caltrans meet with the Corps on June 24 to discuss their suspension letter to better understand the Corps needs and clarify points in the letter that Caltrans believed to have already been completed. As a result of that meeting, Caltrans drafted and sent the Corps a reply on June 27. The entire text of the letter is provided below, and a scanned/signed PDF version is available to download.
Caltrans continues to work with the Corps to resolve these issues and get the suspension lifted as quickly as possible. Each day the cost to taxpayers goes up due to delays in work, and if there is no resolve soon the project could be delayed a full season which would cost many millions of dollars. Continue reading
Temporary piles being delivered on April 8 at the south end of the viaduct. These piles will help support the falsework (concrete form) that shapes the various parts of the viaduct.
This week work began to ramp back up at the Willits Bypass Project. Work is beginning to construct the southern half of the viaduct and eight bridges south of the viaduct which includes the six bridges that help form the southern interchange. Work will include driving piles and constructing more viaduct columns. There will eventually be traffic control required on some local streets which run under the bypass, and Caltrans will release details in advance to alert the public. Continue reading
Trees to be placed in streams to improve fish habitat.
Many of the trees removed to construct the Willits Bypass Project have been or will be used to help the local community. Trees will be placed in local streams and creeks to improve fish habitat, reduce erosion, and promote the formation of gravel bars. Caltrans Senior Resource Biologist Chris Collison said, “When the root-wads of these trees are properly placed in creeks they will help to enhance fish habitat and reduce future steambank erosion.” Continue reading
A couple of Willits residents in favor of the Willits Bypass Project showed their support outside the Willits post office today. Their message was simple, “Thank You Caltrans!”
To help promote an open discussion about this project, some residents have set up the Willits Bypass Open Discussion group on Facebook.
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. Continue reading
EUREKA – Caltrans will direct $26 million in funding to make significant environmental improvements on more than 2,000 acres of lands it purchased for the Willits Bypass Project.
“Caltrans takes seriously its responsibility to preserve the species and habitats on these lands,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “We will protect these wetlands and fisheries in the Little Lake Valley while preserving grazing on much of these lands.” Continue reading
Moments ago the California Transportation Commission approved the funding for the the Willits Bypass Mitigation Project. The Willits Bypass Project, already under construction, will proceed on schedule.
A formal News Release will be posted soon.