Update: February 27, 2013
Use the player below to hear: "Willits Bypass slowing Down", including more on the impact of the Willits Bypass Project on nesting birds. This piece was aired on Wed., Feb 27, 2013 by KMUD News Coordinator, Christina Aanestad.
Update: February 26, 2013
Use the player below to hear: "Willits Bypass protests continue" including the alledged finding of bird nests on the project construction site and "security" of the protest tree sit area. This part of the story was aired on Tues., Feb. 26 2013 by KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson.
Update: February 25, 2013
use the player below to hear: "Protesters stop construction near Willits Bypass"and "Tree sitter says Willits Bypass deserves scrutiny", aired on Mon., Feb. 25, 2013 by KMUD News Director, Terry Klemetson, with reports from KMUD News Correspondent, Jennifer Poole and KMUD News Coordinator, Christina Aanestad.
Update: February 14, 2013
KMUD news has been following the progress of the Willits Bypass Project as tensions build between those protesting the project and Caltrans, the government agency in charge of the project.
Use the player below to hear an audio clip, aired by KMUD News Coordinator Christina Aanestad, which includes interviews with Naomi Wagner of Earth First, Caltrans Spokesperson, Phil Frisbie, and Treesitter, Warbler. This story was aired on KMUD Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.
See the posts below for previous updates, background and the original post on the Willits Bypass story.
Update-Jan. 28, 2013:
This Monday, Jan. 28, about 30 to 40 protestors participated in a rally and organized a tree sit just off Highway 101, at the south end of Willits, to protest the proposed Willits Bypass Project.
Use the player below to hear more about the demonstration opposing the Willits Bypass, including interviews with demonstrators and a Caltrans representative. This piece was aired by KMUD News Correspondent, Christina Aanestad on the KMUD Local News Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.
24-year old Amanda Senseman, also known as "Warbler", sits in a tree to stop the Willits bypass.
The original post of the proposed Willits Bypass Demonstration can be viewed below.
For a number of years there has been a proposal to reroute Highway 101 around the downtown Willits area, the so-called Willits Bypass. According to the Caltrans website:
“Route 101, functionally classified a principal arterial route, is the single north-south route serving the length of coastal California and is crucial in the commerce of northwestern California. On Route 101, trucks and passenger vehicles transport goods and people to and from the many communities throughout the region. In the Willits area, it serves an increasingly heavy commuter, recreational and commercial traffic demand. Lack of capacity and congestion has resulted in delay and lengthy traffic queues within the project limits north of the city limit.”
In September, 2012, concerned that the bypass project would harm wetlands, salmon streams and endangered plants, a number of environmental groups including: the Center for Biological Diversity, Willits Environmental Center, Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club and EPIC, requested a preliminary injunction to stop the proposed bypass. Early in November of 2012 that injunction was denied by a federal judge and the work on the bypass is ready to begin as soon as funding for the project is designated.
Use the player below to hear more on this story, including a planned protest of the project on Monday, Jan.28. The piece was introduced and aired by KMUD News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, and produced by Rian Marie and Cody Mark.
Save Our Willits Valley Coalition -707-216-5549
Click here for information about the protest on Mon., Jan. 28, 2013
Willits Bypass - Final Environmental Impact Statement / Environmental Impact Report, October 2006
Supplemental Environmental Impact Report, May 2010
Click here for maps of Willits Bypass
Willits Bypass - Reports and Presentations
Caltrans Willits Bypass - Environmental Atlas: