Highway 36 association meets in Fortuna, talks roadwork

Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

The gathering started with a moment of silence, in recognition of a fatal motorcycle accident that had occurred on State Route 36 between Carlotta and Bridgeville earlier in the day. Highway 36 Association President Alan French opened the Oct. 25 gathering at the Monday Club in Fortuna, acknowledging the hazards of the winding road, and also touting many improvement projects currently underway, recently completed, and planned for the future.

Nearly 12 miles of State Route 36 has been resurfaced over the past couple of years, a project that will not only prolong the life of the road, but will make travel safer on that highway. The roadway has been resurfaced from River Bar Road near Alton to the Van Duzen River Bridge, at a construction cost of more than $9 million.

That was one of several projects mentioned at the Highway 36 Association meeting, attended by a small contingent from Red Bluff, along with Fortuna and other Eel River Valley supporters. Red Bluff resident and Vice President of the Highway 36 Association Pat Jenkins said the road was in pretty good shape. Jenkins will preside over the meeting next year, when it returns to Red Bluff.

Other construction projects scheduled for State Route 36 include applying a seal coating from just west of Buck Mountain Road to the Humboldt/Trinity County line, and a shoulder widening safety project from Alton to River Bar Road. Caltrans spokesman Scott Burger said the latter project is designed to reduce collisions by widening this section of highway. The cost of this construction project is estimated at $4 million and funding is in the process of being acquired..

President French welcomed the Red Bluff contingent and others who attended the recent gathering and announced a new, friendly rivalry between members of the Redwood Empire Golf & Country Club in Fortuna and the Wilcox Oaks Golf Course in Red Bluff.

The trophy up for grabs was this year captured by the Fortuna crew consisting of Alan French, Jo Ann French, Carl French, Alan Brainerd, Rosalinda Brainerd, and Sal Steinberg. Alan French won senior low gross, and Sal Steinberg won senior low net. Low gross went to Carl French and low net went to Alan Brainerd. The ladies low gross winner was Jo Ann French, and the ladies low net went to Rosalinda Brainerd.

Next year, the golf tournament will take place in Red Bluff as part of the annual Highway 36 Association gathering.

Photo by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

The Highway 36 Association's Fortuna golf team was the victor in the new challenge established this year as a part of the annual gathering of the group focused on improving the safety of the roadway. Pictured, from left: Alan Brainerd, Rosalinda Brainerd, Sal Steinberg, Carl French, golf pro Greg Senestraro, Jo Ann French and Alan French.