Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

Every year at this time, a group of folks get together either in Fortuna or Red Bluff to talk about the tie that binds them. The Greater Highway 36 Association held its annual meeting in Red Bluff last month to talk about current and future improvement projects making the 140-mile route between the two cities safer and easier to travel.

The Fortuna contingent attending the meeting included Fortuna City Manager Regan Candelario, Fortuna Mayor Doug Strehl and his wife Marilyn, Fortuna City Council Member Mike Losey and his wife Lisa, and Dr. Alan French, the President of the Highway 36 Association in 2011. French was elected President of the group for 2013, when the annual meeting will be held in Fortuna.

The Fortuna contingency presented a photo presentation at the annual meeting in Red Bluff, on recently completed and current improvement projects, such as the paving project which will eventually resurface approximately 37 miles of Highway 36 between Alton and Little Larabee Creek Bridge, near Bridgeville. Paving was completed this year from Alton to Pamplin Grove and the project is expected to be finished early next year.

Safer access to Cuddeback School is the goal of another improvement project in the Carlotta area slated for next year. “The project will add a left turn pocket at Wilder Road and gateway features at each end of the community,” Caltrans spokesman Scott Burger said. The gateway features will notify motorists that they are entering a residential area. Cuddeback School is located at the end of Wilder Road. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring or early summer 2013.

Attendees at the annual gathering heard from Caltrans Safety Engineer Chris Harvey about the above mentioned and other improvement projects for Highway 36, including approximately $10 million in projects in District 1 and $6.5 Million in projects for District 2. District 1 has responsibility for Highway 36 from Alton to Forest Glenn in Trinity County.

The Greater Highway 36 Association was formed in 1951 by the publishers of two northern California newspapers: Dwight O'Dell of the Humboldt Beacon in Fortuna and Marion Walker of the Red Bluff Daily News in Red Bluff.

Photo caption:

Photo by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

Members of the Greater Highway 36 Association on their recent trip to the annual meeting in Red Bluff. Pictured left to right: Bob Besanceney, Lisa and Mike Losey, Dave Besanceney, Dr. Alan French, and Marilyn and Doug Strehl.