By Hailey Hipes
Highway 36 construction has affected people all over Humboldt County. Many people cross over 36 everyday, and a couple handfuls must cross over right where the construction is happening.
12 miles East to just over 16 miles East of Bridgeville is the area affected. It is closed from from 8-5 Monday-Thursday, and from 8-3 on Friday. The only time it is open is from 12-1 Monday thru Friday. This construction will last until November 1st of this year. This is a huge inconvenience to many people crossing over this area daily.
Zack Cook, an employee at Wright Tree Service, works 5 days a week which involves them going over 36 very often and sometimes running right into the construction. “I crossed over 36 very often this last summer and over deer hunting season, almost every weekend,” he told me. Although he was very aware that this was going to be happening through people continually talking about it, he still feels that “it’s stupid”. This also makes his job that much more stressful because if he isn’t done before the roads open for the hour, he will get stuck out there for the day.
This has clearly been a major inconvenience to many people, but hopefully, CalTrans finishes this construction sooner than later so the roads will be open like normal again and there will be no more stressing over it.