Northbound commuters: Highway 101 in Mendocino County is open, despite what Google Maps might say. Do not take Tomki Road to avoid a highway closure. The highway is ndeed open.
Scanner traffic and the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information page indicate incorrect information provided by Google Maps is leading drivers to believe Highway 101 northbound is closed near the site of the Walker Fire.
Google Maps recommends drivers take the rural Tomki Road north instead of Highway 101, which has led a steady stream of vehicles up the roadway this evening.
A reporting party described sections of Tomki Road as washed out with large rocks concerned that smaller vehicles would not be able to navigate the roadway.
CHP and Caltrans worked to make sure all the highway messages display “Highway 101 is Open in Mendocino County”.
Redwood Valley social media has been abuzz this evening with residents reporting a notably significant amount of vehicle traffic going up Tomki Road. The misinformation from Google Maps could very well be the reason why.
The Google Maps road closure could be a result of the Walker Fire yesterday afternoon, but it’s worth noting that even during the height of the wildfire the highway was not shutdown.