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In 1970, Chapter 1473 defined Route 271 as “Route 101 near Cummings to Route 101 near the Humboldt-Mendocino county line.” This is a former segment of Route 101 that has been replaced by freeway. The known constructed segments are as follows; there is no cosignage between the segments:
According to Scott Parker (SParker) at AAroads, Route 271 is an "odd
duck", intended to be
a scenic alternative to US 101, which in the '60's and the '70's was being
reconstructed as a limited-access facility generally uphill from the
route that for the most part followed a series of canyons or narrow
containing redwood groves. Route 271 was signed in two segments once the
freeway was in place; it was intended that once a freeway segment from
north to Smithe Grove State Park was constructed, Route 271 would be
over the original highway, connecting those separate segments.
concerns have since halted any freeway development along that stretch of
US 101, hence the "split" route on Route 271; the southern section traverses
redwood-filled valley between Cummings and Leggett, while the northern
Smithe Grove. If/when completed, Route 271 was intended to function
like Route 254 (Avenue of the Giants) further north, as a scenic US 101
(Source: Scott Parker (SParker) at AAroads, 9/6/2016)
In June 2017, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project that replaces the McCoy Creek Bridge (No. 10-0036) on Route 271 (01-Men-271, PM 17.70/18.00), in Mendocino County. The project will be funded from State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) funds and is programmed in the 2016 SHOPP for an estimated $9.8 million Construction (capital and support) and Right of Way (capital and support). Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in Fiscal Year 2018-19. The scope, as described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2016 SHOPP. A copy of the MND has been provided to Commission staff. The project will result in less than significant impacts to the environment after mitigation. The following resource area may be impacted by the project: biological resources. Avoidance and minimization measures will reduce any potential effects on the environment. These measures include, but are not limited to, a revegetation plan will be prepared for the project, Environmentally Sensitive Areas will be designated on construction plans, water drainage from the bridge deck will be channeled via scupper onto rock slope protection, and the work window for demolition of the existing bridge will be from September 15 to October 31 to protect hibernating bat colonies. As a result, an MND was completed for this project.
Overall statistics for Route 271:
Acronyms and Explanations:
Route 270 Route 272
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