Hank Sims / @ 12:40 p.m. / Transportation

(VIDEO) The Willits Bypass is Getting Ever Closer to Reality


Someday soon, Humboldt drivers coming from or going to points south will shoot right around the Mendocino County town of Willits by default, avoiding its legendarily traffic-clogged streets. Some people have been waiting for this for literally 50 years or more; others deplore it as a destructive, unnecessary project. But it’s just about built.

There is no set-in-stone date for the bypass’ grand opening. A couple of months ago, the Willits News reported that Caltrans is shooting for September, but that construction contracts technically run through November. So who knows.

It’s getting close, in any case. Check out this video Caltrans District One shot yesterday. The driver drove slowly, but speeded up the video in post-production to approximately simulate a passage through the bypass at a legal and safe 55 miles per hour.

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