California Department of Transportation
Public Affairs Office
Ann M Jones
July 1, 2005
CALTRANS REACHES MAJOR MILESTONE IN MAD RIVER BRIDGES REPLACEMENT PROJECT
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today that the Environmental Document for the preferred alternative for Mad River Bridges Replacement project was completed June 30, 2005. The preferred alternative will replace the current bridges on Route 101 between Arcata and McKinleyville on a new alignment to the west of the existing bridges.
“With the completion of this milestone, Caltrans can now move forward into the Design phase of this project,” said Project Manager Richard Mullen. “The replacement of these two structures will eliminate several non-standard features. In addition, shifting the alignment to the west will allow for a safer reconnection of the northbound Highway 101 exit ramp and Route 200 (North Bank Road).”
The construction cost of this project is currently estimated at $34,944,000 and will be funded through the State Highway Operation and Protection Program.
The project is scheduled to begin construction in the summer of 2007 and will be completed by the winter of 2011.