Willits Bypass Project To Go Into Suspension

Caltrans will “indefinitely” suspend the Highway 101-Willits Bypass project. On June 20, 2014, the US Army Corps of Engineers suspended Caltrans’ permit to construct the Willits Bypass Project. According to Caltrans, the costs to keep contractor crews on standby and other delay costs have added an estimated $800,000 to the Willits Bypass Project from June 20 through July 7, and are accumulating at about $100,000 per day. Due to these costs, Caltrans has notified its contractors that they intend to suspend work effective today at the end of the day’s work until the Corps permit suspension is lifted. Caltrans says with the mounting costs and uncertainty from the Corps of when they might lift the suspension, they had to reduce the escalating costs to taxpayers, which is why they’ve made this difficult decision. Caltrans will keep only a few contractor employees onsite to complete a road to be used as a future detour of US Highway 101, maintain a water diversion in order to protect fish, and to be ready to handle any other pressing issues that may arise. Last week 45 trade workers were laid off and another 55 will be laid off due to suspension of work. Caltrans continues to schedule meetings with the Corps and is working to get the suspension lifted as quickly as possible. For the latest official Willits Bypass news go to WillitsBypass.wordpress.com.