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Roads & Transportation Department

A high priority for the Tolowa Dee-ni' nation is to enhance safety along the Highway 101 corridor as it is the primary means of travel for most people living or working in the Smith River area.

Mission: To improve vehicle and pedestrian safety.

A high priority for the Tolowa Dee-ni' nation is to enhance safety along the Highway 101 corridor as it is the primary means of travel for most people living or working in the Smith River area. Automobile, and pedestrian safety, needs to be improved on North Indian Road, South Indian Road, and the intersections of North Indian Road and Highway 101 and Rowdy Creed Road and Highway 101. These intersections are locations documenting frequent accidents.

South Indian Road Pedestrian, Bicycle Improvements: Construct detached bicycle and pedestrian pathways, locate utilities underground, construct new street lights, improve street signage and construct street inhibitors.

Safety improvements to the intersection of Highway 101 and South and North Indian Roads: Install a round-about, provide safer crossing for pedestrians

North Indian Road: construct sidewalks and bike lanes, locate utilities underground, construct new street lights, fill in ditches and drains, improve street signage and construct speed inhibitors.

Rowdy Creek Road at the intersection of Highway 101: Add a turn lane, install a caution light, expand and widen the Highway 101 Bridge over Rowdy Creek, provide a 4-way round-about at Fred Haight and Highway 101.

Construct a new road and cul-de-sac for the proposed new housing project.

PHASE I of the North/South Indian Road Safety Project, which will make the intersection of North/South Indian Road and Highway 101 safer for vehicles and pedestrians.  This intersection is at the heart of the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation and is heavily traveled because of its proximity to the Tribe’s medical clinic, Headstart building, cultural center, and various other heavily visited areas.  Currently, the road is not wide enough to accommodate the volume of traffic (which is only expected to increase) and it does not have sidewalks or other pedestrian pathways, which forces people to walk on the edge of Highway 101. To date, Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation has documented through the California Department of Transportation and the California Highway Patrol over 15 vehicular and pedestrian accidents in the past three years, including two separate vehicular and pedestrian fatalities in this critical corridor and high-volume intersection with state Highway 101.

PHASE II  $3.5 million – Widen roadway and expand shoulders, construct overlay, drainage, signing and striping.  Design development for pedestrian lighting, utility conversion (underground overhead utilities)

Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation Awarded $2.5 Million in TIGER Funds for US Highway 101 Safety Corridor Improvements.

US Department of Transportation TIGER III grant application for its US 101 Multimodal Smith River Safety Corridor Project has been funded for $2.5 million.  The Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation, a federally-recognized tribal government, will be the lead agency and project developer to improve signage, safety, and shoulder treatments along the highway.  This project will enhance safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists on the critical arterial highway that connects coastal northern California with southwestern Oregon.

Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation has developed long-term joint US 101 planning partnerships with Caltrans, ODOT, and Del Norte County.


The Safety and Traffic Improvements Project on South Indian Road was formally coordinated by the execution of a Memorandum of Agreement by and between the County of Del Norte and the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation Tribal Government.

RT Office Location

140 Rowdy Creek Rd.
Smith River, Ca. 95567
Phone: 707-487-9255

RT Department Staff

Nita Rolfe

Project Coordinator

Office: 707-487-9255 ext. 1210
Cell 707-218-7782

Tyler Travis


Office: 707-487-9255 ext. 1141

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