Humboldt Baykeeper has been following Caltrans' Eureka-Arcata 101 Corridor Safety Improvement Project since 2007, when the Draft Environmental Impact Report was released. Caltrans proposes to improve safety along this 8-mile stretch of highway adjacent to the Humboldt Bay shoreline between Arcata and Eureka.


On behalf of the Northcoast Environmental Center and Humboldt Baykeeper, we are writing to reflect upon the Coastal Commission’s Sept. 12 decision to conditionally approve Caltrans’ 101 corridor project. First we would like to thank the many people whose efforts led to what we feel is a reasonably balanced outcome: the many transportation and trail advocates, the various municipalities and county representatives, business owners, outspoken members of the public, and those who took a principled stance in the face of opposition.


The Lost Coast Outpost was not able to cover yesterday’s meeting of the California Coastal Commission in Eureka — here are some reports from the Times-Standard and the North Coast Journal — but the commission’s decision on Caltrans’ proposals for new construction on the safety corridor between Eureka and Arcata was pretty monumental. In one swoop, the commission puts a ton of juice into two longstanding and somewhat controversial proposals: To build a pedestrian trail between Eureka and Arcata, and to remove billboards along the bay.


In preparation for the upcoming state Coastal Commission hearing on the Arcata-Eureka 101 Corridor Project, the Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on which members will speak for the county.

According to a county report, the board is requesting that 3rd District Supervisor Mark Lovelace and 4th District Supervisor Virginia Bass — who represent Arcata and Eureka, respectively — present a letter supporting a pedestrian-bike trail connecting the cities at the federal consistency hearing on Thursday at the Wharfinger Building.


On Thursday, Sept. 12, the California Coastal Commission meets in Eureka to vote on a project that could dramatically alter our experience of Highway 101 and Humboldt Bay. If we are lucky, it will lead the way to a long-sought-after bay trail between Arcata and Eureka. But the project could also result in increased speeds and “Mt. Indianola” -- a half-mile long elevated interchange at Indianola Cutoff. And if you are used to turning at Bayside Cutoff, or a number of other locations along the corridor, you may have to develop new routes, possibly even going a mile or two out of your way to circle back and complete your trip, since Caltrans proposes to close all the crossings except at Indianola Cutoff and Jacobs Avenue.

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