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Detour to be used on south end of Willits Bypass Project, delays expected Thursday

WILLITS- If you plan to drive through Willits on US 101 on Thursday,  you should be prepared for traffic delays of an hour or more.

Beginning at 2 a.m. on Thursday, traffic on the south end of the Willits Bypass Project will be diverted to a long-term detour as crews construct the southern interchange.  The half-mile, two-lane detour will remain in effect until the project is complete, which is expected to be in 2017.  The detour will eventually become the southbound onramp to US 101 from Route 20.

One way-traffic control will be in effect on the detour on Thursday from 2 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the latest.  Delays of an hour or more are expected between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.  Caltrans officials urge motorists to plan to leave early to allow for extra time or change travel plans to avoid this section of highway.  Drivers are urged to drive with caution through the detour.