The northbound off ramp to
According to the McKinleyville Press, the closure will allow Caltrans to construct new freeway approaches to the new southbound bridge over the Mad River..
People heading south from McKinleyville will have have to use Murry Rd. or School Rd. for U.S. 101 southbound access unless they want to take North Bank Rd.
The project is scheduled to be done by the Winter of 2012.
A meeting was scheduled at Azalea Hall tonight to discuss the closure but I didn't make it. I have heard that the final project will leave the old metal bridge to the left but have been unable to confirm that as of tonight.
Update: I spoke to Caltrans Project Manager Richard Mullen today. He told me that the old metal bridge will be removed.. Mullen said that the new bridges will have 8 foot wide shoulders and the new northbound bridge will have an extra 8 foot median separated with a concrete wall. This will be for bikes and pedestrians and will connect the North Bank Rd./Central Ave. intersection to the frontage road on south side of the freeway. That road goes all the way to Valley West. He also said the 101/200 intersection will be reworked for safety reasons. The County is considering widening the shoulder on Central Ave. and that would connect McKinleyville to Valley West in a safer, bike friendly way.