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Metro deploys shuttle to provide service along Hwy 236
While a Caltrans contractor is set to begin work Monday to repair the slip-out on Highway 236 between Acorn Drive and Jamison Creek Road, the Santa Cruz County Metropolitan Transportation District plans to continue service through the area. The district will use a ParaCruz shuttle bus to connect riders to points past the closure via Acorn Drive, a narrow county road that will serve as a detour for locals trying to get around the area, according to a transit scheduling supervisor. The highway has been handling two-way traffic in the southbound lane ever since March storms caused the land beneath the road to give way. The closure is needed because heavy equipment will be brought in to make the repairs, Caltrans said. The state agency estimates the $750,000 project will take two months to complete, with the full road closure lasting about three to four weeks. Normally, Metro's Route 35/35A services the area. Riders will be able to ride the bus to Boulder Creek, then catch a shuttle to take them to popular destinations such as the Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club and Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the official said. For route times and other information, visit www.scmtd.com.