Last Chance Grade now on 2-hour delay, Long-term solution in the works


DEL NORTE COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM)-Motorists should anticipate two-hour delays, between 9 a.m. to p.m. Monday through Friday, and 30-minute delays outside those hours, at Last Chance Grade just south of Crescent City. 

That stretch of Highway 101, between Klamath and Crescent City is susceptible to landslides and is need constant maintenance and fixes, the plans are subject to change without notice.

Recent slides caused the roadway to shut down and prompted a multi-million-dollar response.

Caltrans is working on long -term solutions to keep this major stretch of road open to motorists according to public information officer Myles Cochrane.

The department was allocated $50M by the California Transportation Commission in efforts to continue necessary environmental studies of the area, to continue work on the project.

A by-pass could be an option, according to Caltrans District one Public Information Officer Myles Cochrane.

“There’s a number of possibilities, you know maybe some, anchoring some mesh, across the hillside there, that’s one thing that’s being talked about,” he said.  “There’s a number of things we are doing to shore up that slope and things are going well.”

Myles says the best place for updates, road closures and detours by clicking here.