Willits Bypass Project

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
California Department of Transportation, Headquarters
Document Title
Willits Bypass Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Present Land Use
Zoning adjacent to the alignments of the proposed alternatives include agriculture, residential and business,
Document Description
The California Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration propose to construct a new segment of U.S. 101 that would bypass the City of Willits in Mendocino County. The proposed bypass would be a four-lane freeway with full access control and grade separation. The existing US 101 facility within the project study limits is a two-lane conventional highway, which currently serves as the Main Street through the town of Willits. The purpose of the project is to reduce delays, improve safety, and achieve a minimum level of service (LOS) of at least 'C' for interregional traffic on US 101 within the vicinity of Willits through the 20-year design period. One no-build alternative and four build alternatives were considered in the Draft EIS/EIR. Since public circulation of the Draft EIS/EIR, revisions were made to one of the build alternatives, which resulted in the Modified Alternative J1T. The Modified Alternative J1T has been selected as the preferred alternative because it would have the least overall impact to the environment. The proposed new US 101 bypass would diverge from the existing facility approximately 0.8 mi. south of the Haehl Overhead. The alignment would then traverse the valley east of Willits and converge back with the existing facility 2.9 km south of Reynolds Highway. The overall length of the bypass would be approximately 5.8 miles.

Contact Information

Jeremy Ketchum
Agency Name
California Department of Transportation
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
U.S. 101
State Highways
U.S. 101

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
California Department of Transportation
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA

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