We are still a little less than a year out from the Willits Bypass being open to the public — patience! — but that doesn’t mean we can’t all have a preview of what it will be like to drive by Willits without Taco Bell temptation creeping through your windshield.
Behold! Caltrans files the following video tour of the bypass, pre-lines, reflectors and pesky other drivers. In case you are a busybody concerned that they are driving too fast on unfinished roads, Caltrans calms your fears:
Our vehicle could only travel at approximately 30-35mph in the construction area, so we’ve sped up the video to roughly simulate freeway speeds (it’s still a little bit slower).
Yeah, chill out, strap in and experience the future of your drive to Giants games, you lucky taxpayer.
Willits Bypass Drive-Through 2/11/2016
SNEAK PREVIEW: This video is from our drive-through of the Willits Bypass in Mendocino County. This realignment of U.S. Highway 101 will drastically reduce congestion in the city of Willits and improve traffic conditions for travelers passing through Mendocino County.Our vehicle could only travel at approximately 30-35mph in the construction area, so we’ve sped up the video to roughly simulate freeway speeds (it’s still a little bit slower). The Willits Bypass is 87% complete, and is expected to open to the public in late 2016.Posted by Caltrans District 1 on Friday, February 12, 2016
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UPDATE, 1:55: p.m.: Oh, was that too slow for you? Caltrans saw fit to upload a second version of this video, this one at an estimated 120mph. Zoom goes the progress!