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Willits Bypass Project one step closer to completion

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WILLITS- A recent approval by two state agencies will allow the completion of the Willits Bypass Project without interruptions.

The bypass project is designed to allow traffic to bypass the Historic Downtown in Willits, where there is often congestion. Construction on the project began last year. After a several year process, the Caltrans Mitigation and Monitoring Proposal was approved by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. The proposal outlines what Caltrans is planning to do to mitigate any potential negative impacts to the environment caused by construction on the project. Caltrans officials say the Willits Bypass Project will benefit the people of Willits as well as the motorists who regularly drive through the town.

"When the project is done, if you don't need to go to Willits, you'll be able to cruise on by.  The new bypass is about six miles, so you'll be able to drive through it and around town in about six minutes, rather than spend 15 or more minutes in traffic," said Phil Frisbie, Jr., the Public Information Officer for Caltrans, District 1.

Caltrans officials expect the bypass to be open to traffic in the fall of 2016, and for construction to be finished in 2017.