Feds give California $72 million to fix coastal highway

| 8/29/2003

California officials announced this week that the state would receive $72 million from the Federal Highway Administration to restore a portion of historic U.S. Highway 101 along the Pacific Coast.

The section of highway, at Confusion Hill in Northern California’s Mendocino County, has been blocked by landslides at least 10 times in the past year, The Times-Standard reported recently. The slides, triggered by heavy rains, disrupted traffic and shipments along the highway, which links the state’s North Coast area to the San Francisco Bay area.

Under the federal grant, the highway will be restored and moved off the unstable area. Caltrans said in a statement that construction should be finished by 2008.