Two protesters arrested at Highway 101 bypass project in Willits

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Two protesters were arrested last night at the Highway 101 Willits Bypass project after attaching themselves to trucks carrying fill-dirt.

Caltrans said the trucks were hauling from the south end to the north end of the project site when a group of environmental protesters walked in front of them.

During the delay, two protesters: 27-year-old Lucy Neely of Ukiah and 64-year-old Peggy Backup of Redwood Valley attached themselves to the trucks using metal tubes. After about and hour and a half the two unattached themselves and were arrested by California Highway Patrol officers.

Caltrans Public Information Officer Phil Frisbie Jr. said this is the third incident they’ve had in the last couple weeks.

"Work has been— there's been minor delays each time,” Frisbie said. “We've been doing the work at night because of potential traffic impacts through Willits during the day time."

Frisbie said the majority of the work is done during the day. They’re currently filling the area where the wick drains were installed with dirt. The transportation of that dirt is being done at night.