Sacramento, CA – The California Transportation Commission will vote this week to allocate an additional $5 million to advance the environmental report focused on finding a permanent, inland route for the Last Chance Grade – bringing the total secured for this project over the past year to $10 million.
This week’s $5 million allocation is in addition to $5 million that was approved last spring for geotechnical evaluations on Last Chance Grade. Senator McGuire, Assemblymember Wood and Congressman Huffman have been fighting for these funds for the past few years.
“This $5 million will ensure the State of California doesn’t miss a beat in advancing the environmental document for the Last Chance Grade – it’s been far too long, and we are challenging Caltrans to move this critical project as fast as possible,” Senator McGuire said. “Moving the Last Chance Grade off of the coast and constructing an inland route is imperative for the livelihood of Del Norte’s economy and the public’s safety. I am excited that after decades of work, we are finally taking steps towards a permanent fix.”
The $10 million total includes geotechnical studies, which will be completed by this fall and seismic studies, which will be completed by the fall of 2019.
Last year, after portions of the highway at Last Chance Grade collapsed, Senator McGuire invited the Secretary of Transportation and the Director of Caltrans to see the damage first-hand. After the visit, the first round of $5 million funding was secured, and Senator McGuire was able to announce the second round of $5 million at last Friday’s Economic Summit in Del Norte County.
“It’s our top priority to find a permanent solution for Last Chance Grade and we are working overtime with Assemblymember Wood, Congressman Huffman and the Del Norte Board of Supervisors to get this job done. We’re grateful for the partnership with Caltrans and the California Transportation Commission who have been instrumental with securing these vital funds.”