General Segment Information
This is constructed to freeway standards from Route 101 to E of Blue Lake,
and from Route 5 to the 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.
Arcata to Willow Creek (Route 96)
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.
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.
Willow Creek to Redding (I-5)
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 January 2008, the CTC relinquished right of way in the county of Trinity,
at Steel Bridge Road, consisting of a reconstructed and relocated county
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 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 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.
Redding to Alturas
In May 2013, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project
in Shasta County that will rehabilitate a section of the roadway on Route 299,
including replacing drainage facilities, installing new pavement, constructing
a center median, widening the Salt Creek Bridge, and other improvements. The
project is programmed in the 2012 State Highway Operation and Protection
Program. The total estimated cost is $39,392,000 for capital and support.
Construction is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2013-14.
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 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 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 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.
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 December 2012, the CTC received a request to amend 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. It was deferred to the January 2013 meeting, and deferred
again to the March 2013 when it was again... deferred. The original need for
the project was first identified by the MCTC in mid 1990’s to improve traveler
safety and reduce speeds approaching the city. As this segment of two-lane
highway enters the City of Alturas, traffic flow can become congested due to
the turning movements of vehicles. Business and residential areas exist along
this mile long reach where traffic interruptions and queuing occur. Future
growth was anticipated, further contributing to congestion and the potential
for increased accidents. Shoulder widths vary from 1 foot to 4 feet wide, and
mobility of bicycles and pedestrians is a challenge. A project was initiated
and programmed in the 1998 and 2000 STIP to address the need by adding a
continuous left turn lane, wider shoulders and drainage improvements. Project
development work continued over the years until MCTC alerted the Department
that local priorities and project support had changed. The unmet need remained
until MCTC requested that the Commission reprogram the project in the 2008
STIP, with the Environmental phase to begin in 2011. In a collaborative effort,
the Department and MCTC developed a project charter that identified the
specific needs of the project; including wider shoulders and crosswalks along
with flashing beacons to improve pedestrian mobility and safety, speed radar
feedback signs for traffic calming, installation of concrete gutters, culverts
and paved areas for drainage improvements. The continuous left turn lane was
deleted from the project. However, in August 2012, just after the Department
completed the environmental phase, MCTC requested the project be terminated for
a second time due to changed local priorities and support for the project. The
Department strongly supports the continued development of this project for a
number of reasons, including safety, bicyclist and pedestrian support, traffic
calming, and congestion issues.
In May 2013, the CTC received notice that Caltrans, the City of Alturas and
the Modoc County Transportation Commission (MCTC) propose to amend the 2012
STIP to reduce the scope of the Alturas Route 299 Improvements project (PPNO
3368); decreasing the programmed Regional Improvement Program (RIP) funding by
$1,010,000, from $3,244,000 to $2,234,000, and removing $1,052,000 of
programmed RIP Transportation Enhancement (TE) funds. It is also proposed to
program $1,173,000 in RIP funding for a new pedestrian improvements project
(PPNO 2534) along the Alturas Central Business District in Modoc County.
Specifically, in a collaborative effort to identify the specific needs of this
project, the department and MCTC have negotiated an agreement to reduce the
scope of improvements along Route 299. It is proposed to remove lower priority
TE elements from the scope of work, while improving the shoulder width and
drainage systems for bicyclists and pedestrians. Three new radar feedback signs
for traffic calming will also be installed. This scope reduction will allow
$2,062,000 to be returned to Modoc County’s regional share balance. The
design work necessary for revising the scope will delay construction from FY
2013-14 to FY 2014-15. MCTC proposes to program a new pedestrian improvement
project, the Alturas Central Business District project (PPNO 2534) with
$1,173,000 from Modoc County’s regional share balance. The project
proposes to improve existing facilities adjacent to surface streets along the
central business district of the city of Alturas. This project is higher
priority for the county and includes TE eligible elements that will enhance
pedestrian mobility in the downtown area.
Bridge 04-036, over the Mad River in Humboldt county, is named the
"Thomas L. De Vore Memorial Bridge". It was built in 1965, and was named
by Senate Concurrent Resolution 94, Chapter 229, in the same year. Thomas L. De
Vore was killed in action in World War II on February 1, 1943.
Bridge 04-042, at Redwood Creek in Humboldt county, is named the "Don O.
O'Kane Memorial Bridge". It was built in 1965, and was named by Senate
Concurrent Resolution 58, Chapter 178 in 1970. Don Hunter O'Kane was the
publisher of the Humboldt Standard newspaper from 1935 to 1946 and an avid
supporter of the development of the state highway system.
Bridge 04-050, 8 mi E of Willow Creek over the south fork of the Trinity
River in Humboldt county, is named the "Hlel-Din Memorial Bridge". It
was built in 1988, and named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 158, Chapter
112, in the same year. The Native American village of Hlel-Din was an important
gathering place for many tribes to exchange ideas and goods and to seek
marriage partners, until it's destruction in the 1850's.
Bridge 05-006 over the Trinity River in Trinity county is named the
"William D. Abarr Memorial Bridge". William D. Abarr, a Caltrans heavy
equipment operator, died January 25, 1983, in a massive mudslide on SR 299 in
Trinity County. It was named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 134, Chapter
126, in 1984.
Bridge 05-082 over the Trinity River, 3.5 mi E of the Humboldt county line
in Trinity county, is named the "Charles William Carpenter Memorial
Bridge". It was built in 1989, and was named by Senate Concurrent
Resolution 25, Chapter 84, the same year. Trinity County deputy Sheriff Charles
William Carpenter was killed in the line of duty on the morning of July 13,
1928, while attempting to arrest three robbery suspects.
Bridge 05-0081, over the Trinity River, is named the "Raymond A. Nachand
Memorial Bridge". It was named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 176,
Chapter 160 in 1998. Raymond A. Nachand, a 22 year Division of Highways
employee, started the "Ironside Museum" at Hawkins Bar with his wife, Jo Ann,
The Burney Creek Bridge on Main Street along Route 299, in the
unincorporated area of Burney, County of Shasta, is named the "Deputy
Kenneth Fredrick Perrigo Memorial Bridge". It was named in memory of
Deputy Kenneth Fredrick Perrigo, who was born in 1958. Deputy Perrigo first
worked for the Shasta County Sheriff's Office as a civilian cook at the main
jail facility in 1981. Prior to his appointment as a Deputy Sheriff, Kenneth
Perrigo served our country as a member of the United States Coast Guard. Deputy
Perrigo was hired as a full-time Deputy Sheriff in1982 and assigned to the
Burney Patrol Division. Deputy Perrigo was one of the charter members of the
Shasta County Sheriff's Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. Deputy
Perrigo was a board member of the Shasta CountyPeace Officers Association.
Deputy Perrigo was Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 216 inFall River Mills. On
Monday, October 21, 1991, Deputy Perrigo arrested two suspects for being
intoxicated in public, and was transporting themto the Shasta County main jail
in Redding, California, when the suspects shot him in the back and head several
times using Deputy Perrigo's secondary service weapon, and he died in the line
of duty that day. The suspects were subsequently apprehended without incident,
following an almost five-day pursuit, deemed the largest and longest in the
County of Shasta's history. President George H. W. Bush telephoned Deputy
Perrigo's wife, Debra, to express his condolences. Named by Senate Concurrent
Resolution 78, Resolution Chapter 88, on August 24, 2012.
This route also has the following Safety Roadside Rest Areas:
Francis B. Mathews Memorial Rest Area (Salyer), in Trinity
County, 3 mi E of Salyer. Named in memory of Francis B. Mathews. Mr.
Mathews was a well respected attorney and community leader in Trinity and
Humboldt Counties for over 50 years. He was also a a real estate developer,
logger, builder, fishing boat and marina owner. Although he was known
largely for his representation of timber, logging, and sawmill companies,
his pro bono services and dedication to the citizens of Trinity and
Humboldt Counties and the Hoopa and Yurok Indian tribes were well known
throughout the region. His reputation for integrity and his dedication to
community endeavors were unsurpassed. As an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts
of America, Francis B. Mathews sat on the scout council and was an active
fundraiser and contributor to the scouting programs in Trinity and Humboldt
Counties. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was
instrumental in the founding of Trinity Village at Hawkins Bar in Trinity
County, a large planned community built upon reclaimed land. Lastly he was
a naturalist and lifetime birdwatcher who donated his entire bird book
collection of over 3,000 books to California State University, Humboldt.
Named by Senate Concurrent Resolution 38, Chapter 110, September 17, 2001.
Moon Lim Lee (Weaverville), in Trinity County, 5 mi E of
Weaverville. Named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 88, Chapter 16, in
1986. It was named in honor of Moon Lim Lee by the State of California
Transportation Department. Moon Lim Lee's name comes from the activities of
his father, Lim Sue Kin. The father operated a Weaverville restaurant in
the late 1800s with the name, Sam Lee. Located on Main Street, its name
means three fold prosperity in a Cantonese dialect. Lim Sue Kin became
widely know as Sam Lee, Thus, the family name changed in a manner not
uncommon for that period. Moon Lim Lee was a prominent businessman and
served on many boards and committees that worked for the betterment of of
Trinity County. He was appointed by Governor Ronald Reagan to the
California Highway Commission in 1967 and served as a commissioner for
eight years. His effort in saving Won Lim Miao helped produce Weaverville
Joss House State Park.
[Information from the Heritage West Books website on
California's Chinese Heritage]
Hillcrest, in Shasta County, 3.9 mi E of Montgomery C.B.