Mary Callahan, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Spurred by the rapidly retreating coastline north of Bodega Bay, Caltrans is laying plans to reconstruct a nearly mile-long stretch of Highway 1, moving the roadway safely inland from the crumbling edge of the continent and raising it beyond the reach of the rising sea.
Environmental review of the estimated $20 million realignment project is just beginning, so work crews aren’t expected to break ground until at least 2017, project manager Lilian Acorda said.
Caltrans hasn’t even negotiated the purchase of needed property yet, including a large portion of an historic ranch across the road from Gleason Beach. The ranchland will be irrevocably altered by a concrete bridge about 400 feet east of the existing road and spanning as much as 900 feet across the parcel.