Re: Log trucks on Hwy 101
Date: 01-10-2018 - 11:41
Yes, used to be lots of logging trucks on 101, and there are still some today, and a lot of trucks of forest products from what remains of the timber industry still there.
How much is still up there, I'll leave to folks like ARD for details, but nothing like it was up until the end of the 1970's, with up to 100 car trains. That's really when they started seriously to close mills, and just plain started to run out of 500 year old trees.
There may be some small market for rail lumber traffic, but not nearly enough to justify the cost of getting the line back to Eureka or Samoa, for an 11 car train.
From Cloverdale north "a bit", I've seen some arguments that there might be some greater possibility of mill or transloads of lumber. But, not anything even close to like what the lumber traffic was back in the "good old days".
The best economic case I've seen made for any more investment in freight service north of Cloverdale would be for rail aggregate shipments. And, the nimby's will go sixteen kinds of ape$hit throwing crazy, over that possibili8ty.
101 is a disaster, and many segments are obsolete and unsafe for the volumes of traffic it handles, even up toward Mendocino and Humboldt Counties. And, the costs of rebuilding 101 to modern fully divided highway are enormous, too. As you are also dealing with much of the same very costly geology and drainage issues that doomed the NWP. So be ,on 101 and check the sig alerts for major incidents like truck crashes, because it ain't going to change that much, anytime soon.