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.