Really, it would be fine with me. From the Times-Standard:

A project long in the works to create a four-lane highway bypass around Willits may get locked out in the cold if the California Transportation Commission bows to heavy political pressure brought from the state’s most traffic-impacted areas.

The Willits Bypass on U.S. Highway 101 is one of only nine rural area projects that were recommended for approval in the first round of funding from the Corridor Mobility Improvement Account, which is a pot of money derived from the recently voter-approved Proposition 1B. And it is the only local project on the statewide list put forward by staff of the commission.

But that hasn’t stopped the project from being targeted by urban areas, who think that money should go to ease congestion on their clogged highways.

I’ve been caught in that Highway 20 logjam on occasion, and it sucks. I even posted about it last summer. But I’m not so sure it’s an appropriate use of funds to save tourists 15 minutes of time driving through. I’m with the city slickers. They have congestion problems that are much more serious. I-80 in the East Bay. The transition from Richmond/San Rafael Bridge to 101. The 101 madness in the South Bay.

On top of it, bypasses can economically gut small towns like Willits, although Cloverdale seems to have rebounded from its initial havoc.

On the flip side, if less money was made available to urban areas for highway revision, maybe they would opt for more public transportation projects.

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