Grants and other funded projects
Additional funding sources
Humboldt County Public Works staffs a skilled group of Engineers who assess, design and facilitate larger projects to keep our roads safe and functioning. Due to the scale and/or nature of these projects, our staff searches for funding outside of our Roads General Tax Funds.
Some of the funding sources are:
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency, grants and funding for repairs due to declared natural disasters.
HBP/BPM Project - Local Highway Bridge/Bridge Preventative Maintenance Program - Funding through Cal Trans to repair or replace bridges throughout California.
Opens a New Window. Opens a New Window.HSIP Grants - Highway Safety Improvement Program - Funding from the Federal Government managed through Cal Trans to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on public roadways.
FLAP Grants - Federal Lands Access Program - Funding from the USDOT, Federal Highway Administration to improve roadways that provide access to, are adjacent to, or are located within Federal lands.
Department of Fish and Wildlife - Fish Barrier Removal Project - Funding for conservation and restoration of natural fish and wildlife habitats.
These are just an example of some of the funding sources used. For everyday maintenance and repairs, funding comes from your tax dollars. The General Fund just does not have enough money to keep up with the repairs and improvements needed within the County hence the reason all of the funding sources mentioned are so important.
Brookwood Covered Bridge Restoration, Jacoby Creek, Bayside
Brookwood Bridge in Bayside may not be the oldest covered bridge in Humboldt County but it is surely the most iconic. Built in 1967-1968, the bridge's location over Jacoby Creek has been a favorite backdrop for families and couples to take memorable photos for decades.
In 2013, engineers performed an assessment on the bridge. They discovered that the bridge had a beetle infestation in the lower trusses and the pedestrian portion had some rot and did not meet current safety standards. However, the bridge was in good condition and would be less expensive to restore than to replace it with a modern bridge.
In June 2018, the restoration work began. The preferred process decided on was fumigation. This is the first time this process has ever been performed on a covered bridge in California. Following strict guidelines and with oversight by the Humboldt County Department of Agriculture, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and Vikane, the pesticide manufacturer, the fumigation process, handled by Big Time Pest Control, was a success.
This pictorial shows the restoration progress from July to October 2018. Funding for this project was provided by the Cal Trans Highway Bridge Program.
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Dinner Creek Culvert Replacement, Briceland Thorn Road, Briceland
Humboldt County received funding through the Department of Fish and Wildlife Fish Barrier Removal Project to restore Dinner Creek to an open drainage to help return Coho Salmon and Steel Head Trout to the watershed. This large scale project not only will help and protect the environment but also stabilizes the roadway crossing the creek. The culvert that had been under the roadway failed due to age and was causing erosion to the roadway above. This project is a win/win for the people and the environment.
Eel River Drive, Loleta - Culvert Replacement
Pictorial of the culvert replacement on Eel River Drive. The roadway and culvert were storm damaged in winter of 2017. Work began August 26, 2018 and was completed by October 15, 2018. This project was funded by FEMA.