Parting the Redwood Curtain

Nicks, Denver
August 2010
High Country News;8/30/2010, Vol. 42 Issue 15, p10
The article reports on the plan of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to improve Highway 101, which starts from Los Angeles and meanders northward through Santa Barbara, San Francisco and into the redwood country. It is said that a restriction law called Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) of 1982 was passed which allows only semi-trailer trucks of 53 feet to pass. It also provides information about Verdent Humboldt County, which has the lowest population density in California, concentrated around two hubs which is Eureka and nearby Arcata and is surrounded by woods which the locals call the "Redwood Curtain." Residents of Humboldt abhors allowing semi-trailers to pass through Richardson Grove for it will only pollute the region.


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