Dear Street Smarts,
Q: Do you know what’s up with Scotts Valley Drive? It looks horrible. There are black snake like lines of patched area throughout the entire two mile stretch. Please don’t tell me the road is degrading into what it was like 20 years ago!
Cindy Stanger via email
A: “Amazingly enough it has been over 12 years since we widened and rebuilt Scotts Valley Drive. It is time for roadway surface maintenance to begin in earnest,” said Ken Anderson, public works director. “The ‘black snake lines’ are a relatively inexpensive crack sealing treatment to protect from water intrusion and seal up the small cracks that begin forming in all roadways about this time in a roadway life span. It is the same treatment you see on many of the state freeways. Unfortunately, applying a slurry seal treatment the entire length and width of Scotts Valley drive and replacing all of the lane stripping will cost well in excess of $200,000. This crack sealing treatment will buy a little time until the more expensive and substantial slurry seal treatment is needed.”