Residents Raise More Concerns Over Last Chance Grade

Jul 20, 2018
Natalya Estrada

Thousands of cars pass through this four mile stretch of highway 101 every day. The area is just south of Crescent City and its part of a regular commute for residents and travelers in Del Norte County. It’s known as Last Chance Grade and it’s notorious for slide activity. While it’s constantly under maintenance and monitored with geotechnical equipment by Caltrans, some residents feel like it’s only a matter of time before the road literally falls into the ocean.

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The public has the opportunity to weigh in on Last Chance Grade in Del Norte County. According to Caltrans, the state agency announced the release of a geotechnical risk assessment for the project. 

Last Chance Grade expands over a coastal stretch of Highway 101, four miles south of crescent city in Del Norte County. The particular area is notorious for its susceptibility to landslide activity. The risk assessment will help Caltrans narrow down long-term solutions for the area.

Following the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan, a small boat belonging to Takata High School in Rikuzentakata was swept out to sea. It reached the shores of Crescent City two years later. Del Norte High School students cleaned the boat and returned it to Takata High School. That was the start of a relationship between the two schools - and ultimately the two cities. Crescent City and Rikuzentakata have now formally established a sister city relationship. 

Cal Trans

A crumbling stretch of Highway 101 south of Crescent City threatens to sever Del Norte County from the North Coast. Congressman Jared Huffman says stakeholders must unify behind an a single alternate route before seeking federal transportation dollars.  The North Coast Journal reports replacing Last Chance Grade could cost up to a billion dollars, and likely won't be completed before 2039. 

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