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Last Chance Grade community workshops conclude

DEL NORTE COUNTY- A series of community workshops designed to further refine alternatives for the Last Chance Grade have wrapped up.

The Last Chance Grade is a 3.5-mile stretch of Highway 101, about 12 miles south of Crescent City.  The area is prone to landslides which send the road closer to the ocean.  Caltrans has been examining possible solutions to the instability and a potential roadway failure in the area.  The agency will use the community input gathered last week to further develop those ideas. 

"People wanted to have an alternative that was the shortest possible route, that had the least amount of impact. People were pretty passionate about wanting a solution sooner rather than later and we're hoping that we'll be able to take all of that input and refine the alternatives down to a good, representative number of alternatives that represent what the public wants," said Talitha Hodgson, the Project Manager for Caltrans, District 1.

Construction on one of the alternative routes could start in the next five years at the earliest.