MENDOCINO Co., 6/1/18 — Orr Springs Rd. which has been closed about five miles up from Ukiah, for the past week, will reopen to one way traffic starting at 6 p.m., today, Friday June 1. According to Director Howard Dashiell, and the Mendocino County Department of Transportation website, the road will be reopened once contractors are done with their work today, which should be no later than 6 p.m.
According to an update posted today on the site, the road will remain open to one way traffic, on unpaved road, through the weekend. Beginning Monday, June 4, the road will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., but remain open evenings and nights, until Friday June 8. At that point it should be open again, and the majority of the work on constructing a retaining wall should be done. However, these predictions depend on the work going well.
Contractors for Mendo DOT are building a retaining wall, with drilled in place I-beams and horizontal wood beams, along with driving piles and drilling into the hillside. This work is being done more than a year since a portion of the road was destroyed in a landslide. The road was reopened with the construction of a temporary one-lane bridge, but the long term plan has always been to rebuild the section of the road that slid away. Dashiell explained that he hopes all the work shoring up the hillside, and rebuilding the road, will be done by the end of summer.