There are plans to add east and westbound passing lanes near Douglas City
between Little Browns Creek Bridge and Trinity River Bridge #5-18. July 2005
In August 2012, the CTC approved SHOPP funding of $3,603,000 on Route 299 in
Humbolt Cty PM 0.0/43.0 near Arcata, from Route 299/US 101 Separation to South
Fork Trinity River Bridge. Outcome/Output: Install new metal beam guard railing
to reduce the number and severity of the run-off-road collisions and to comply
with the recommendations of the Traffic Investigations Report.
This is constructed to freeway standards from Route 101 to E of Blue Lake,
and from Route 5 to the Old Oregon Trail.
In September 2011, the CTC approved $2,700,000 to replace one scoured bridge
to maintain structural integrity, reduce the risk to lives and properties, and
to comply with Bridge Inspection Report recommendation.
In December 2011, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a
project in Humboldt County to repair and stabilize two segments of Route 299
near Blue Lake; including realigning lanes, installing underdrains and
constructing two tieback walls. The project is programmed in the 2010 State
Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP). The total estimated project
cost is $21,069,000 for capital and support. Construction is estimated to begin
in Fiscal Year 2011-12. The scope, as described for the preferred alternative,
is consistent with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2010
SHOPP. The project will mitigate potential impacts to biological resources and
hydrology/water quality to a less than significant level. Potential impacts to
hydrology/water quality and biological resources in the project area will be
mitigated through restoration of existing wetlands and riparian areas to
pre-project conditions. On-site revegetation planting will be provided to
replace trees and shrubs removed during project construction.
In December 2011, the CTC approved $13.3 million to rehabilitate 36.6 lane
miles of pavement to extend the service life of the highway and enhance highway
safety in and near Montgomery Creek, from 0.3 mile west of Backbone Ridge Road
to Big Bend Road.
The following sections are constructed to freeway standards: (1) from Route
101 to east of Blue Lake; (2) from Route 5 in Redding to Old Oregon Trail.
The SAFETEA-LU act, enacted in August 2005 as the reauthorization of TEA-21,
provided the following expenditures on or near this route: High Priority
Project #2080: Reduce congestion and boost economies through safer access
to the coast by realigning Route 299 between Trinity and Shasta Counties.
are currently plans to realign the Buckhorn Grade in Shasta and Trinity
Counties. This currently is in the Environmental Report preparation phase.
[July 2002 CTC Agenda, 2.2.a].
In his 2006
Strategic Growth Plan, Governor Schwartzenegger proposed improvements to
the Route 299/Route 44/Route 36 area. These would complete "Buckhorn" to allow
STAA trucks to travel direct from I-5 at Redding to US 101 near Eureka and into
the Port of Humboldt, now prohibited due to the existing curvilinear alignment
that causes truck off tracking. This is the only viable alternative to get STAA
trucks into the north coast. STAA trucks cannot access the Port on US 101 north
due to environmental restrictions at Richardson's Grove that pre-empt major
improvements to the route. Route 44 widening reduces congestion in the Redding
urbanized area and also improves inter-regional through movement for people and
In 2007, the CTC considered a request for funding from the Corridor Mobility
Improvement Account (CMIA), which was not recommended for funding. This request
was for the Buckhorn Grade realignment.
In September 2010, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a
project that will realign Route 299 near the city of Redding (middle of
Buckhorn, PM 2.5 through PM 4.3). The project is programmed in the 2010 State
Highway Operation and Protection Program. Construction is estimated to begin in
Fiscal Year 2010-11. Total estimated project cost is $13,894,000 for capital
and support. The scope as described for the preferred alternative is consistent
with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2010 State Highway
Operation and Protection Program.
According to aNewsCafe.com,
the next round of improvements to the Buckhorn Grade on Route 299 west of
Redding is scheduled to begin in September 2011. This is the second phase in a
four-phase project intended to make the treacherous stretch of road safer and
to open the highway between Redding and Arcata to larger trucks. In July 2011,
Caltrans awarded a $10.5 million contract to Mercer Fraser of Eureka for the
“Middle Buckhorn” project, which involves widening the highway,
realigning 10 turns and eliminating seven other turns in a 1.8-mile stretch.
Fall 2011 work will include removal of timber cut in early 2011, and
installation of erosion control measures. Heavy construction work will begin in
spring of 2012. In 2009, Caltrans completed improvements to sections at the
base and top of the grade. The section at the top provides an example of what
the entire Buckhorn Grade will be like when finished – two westbound climbing
lanes, one eastbound descending lane, a four-foot-wide median and broad
After completion of
the Middle Buckhorn project, scheduled for fall of 2012, Caltrans will begin
realigning two hairpin turns in the Twin Gulches section below Middle Buckhorn.
In subsequent years, Caltrans will tackle the relatively mild lower section and
the Upper Buckhorn.
In January 2008, the CTC relinquished right of way in the county of Trinity,
at Steel Bridge Road, consisting of a reconstructed and relocated county
In May 2010, the CTC vacated right of way in the city of Redding along Route
299 at 0.08 mile west of Overhill Drive, consisting of highway right of way no
longer needed for State highway purposes.
The CTC considered the route adoption for a highway location along Lake Blvd
in the Citty of Redding from Route 273 at Lake Blvd to I-5.
In September 2010, the CTC vacated right of way in the county of Shasta
along Route 299 at 1.0 mile west of Buzzard Roost Road, consisting of highway
right of way no longer needed for State highway purposes.
In March 2011, the CTC approved funding to install truck climbing lanes near
Redding, from 2.5 to 4.3 miles east of Trinity County Line to reduce congestion
and minimize traffic delay.
In February 2006, the CTC considered relinquishment of two segments: (a)
right of way in the County of Shasta, between Goose Valley Road and Mackinac
Street, consisting of reconstructed and relocated county roads; and (b) right
of way in the County of Modoc, at the intersection with County Roads 54, 82 and
83, consisting of reconstructed and relocated county roads..
In May 2008, the CTC relinquished right of way in the county of Shasta, at
County Road No. 9S060 (Lewis Road), County Road No. 9S061 (Williams Road),
County Road No. 9S02 (Pittville Road), County Road No. 9S062 (Lee Ranch Road),
and County Road No. 9S066 (Pittville Totten Road), consisting of reconstructed
and relocated county roads.
In August 2011, the CTC approved $2,000,000 in SHOPP funding for Route 299
in Burney at Burney Creek Bridge #06-0062. This work would replace one scoured
bridge to maintain structural integrity, reduce the risk to lives and
properties, and to comply with Bridge Inspection Report recommendation.
In December 2012, the CTC amended the 2012 STIP to delete the Alturas Route
299 Widening project (PPNO 3368) and the Route 299/Route 139 Canby Highway
Advisory Radio project (PPNO 3382) in Modoc County. MCTC has determined that
the two STIP projects are no longer a priority in the region due to a continued
economic downturn, slow population increase and business demise.