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Press release from Caltrans:

Fernbridge closures to accelerate repairs

Following community engagement and feedback stemming from last night’s town hall meeting in Ferndale, Caltrans plans to close Fernbridge on Route 211 in Humboldt County twice this month. The bridge between U.S. 101 and Ferndale will be closed overnight from ​10 p.m. on March 10 to ​8 a.m. on March 11. Then it will be closed from 10 p.m. on March 17 until 5 a.m. on March 20.

Motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route during these time frames.

The first 10-hour closure will allow crews to replace and move some bridge falsework in order to facilitate further repairs. This closure will move forward rain or shine.

The second 55-hour longer closure will allow crews to partially replace the bridge’s deck, repair abutments, repair columns, and conduct paving. This closure is weather-dependent therefore its timing is subject to change.

Enacting these closures will shorten the timeframe that one-way traffic control will be in effect in the area by at least a month. Two-way traffic should resume on the bridge following the second closure.