Dear Street Smarts,
Q: Cabrillo College Drive runs along Highway 1 between Park Avenue and the college. When going west toward Park there is a yellow warning sign with a 90 degree right arrow and a yellow square below it with 20 mph. This is mostly obscured by shrub overgrowth. At the sharp right curve that the sign warns about, there is a yellow sign with a straight right arrow. There are always rubber tire marks and close calls as drivers take the corner too fast, only to either stray across the double yellow lines or be surprised by a line of cars waiting for the light. I’d like to see the area around the first sign cleared and perhaps an additional warning sign of some sort at the curve. And maybe while they are clearing the shrubs by the first sign, they can go toward the other end of Cabrillo College Drive. The area from the curve toward Twin Lakes church has a lot of overgrowth onto the roadway.
Jerome Jentz, Santa Cruz
A: I asked if I could go out there with a weed whacker for public safety and therapeutic reasons but I was told the county will take care of it instead.
County public works toured the area and evaluate the safety issues you mentioned, said Steve Wiesner, assistant director of the agency.
“As a result, we have issued a work order to trim the vegetation currently obstructing traffic signs near Park Avenue and near Twin Lakes Church, as well as the vegetation encroaching into the roadway along Cabrillo College Drive near those same locations,” he explained. “Also, we plan to revisit Cabrillo College Drive after the vegetation is trimmed back in order to determine if additional measures such as the installation of new signs will be necessary.”