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Reader fears Highway 1 is slipping away
Dear Street Smarts, Q: I noticed that on northbound Highway 1, just north of 41st Avenue in the slow lane, the roadway seems to be sliding. There are breaks in the asphalt. Is Caltrans going to do anything before the rainy season? Michael Cotroneo A: Caltrans is aware of the problem and is keeping an eye on it, said Janet Newland, public information officer for the state transportation agency. The maintenance and operations crew “say that failure of the roadway is not imminent, the mechanics causing the road to move existed through many wet winters and we are monitoring it,” she said. The District 5 office, which handles all the highways on the Central Coast, has applied for funding to fix the road. “That part of the highway is competing for funds with literally hundreds of other locations,” Newland said. “State resources are very scarce.” When asked if the repair work qualifies for emergency funding, such as that received for the slip out repair of Highway 236 earlier this summer, she said “we can only work emergency repairs on locations where there has been a failure or the risk of failure is great.” First day of school update In other news of the road, The first day of school Wednesday in Scotts Valley was pretty mellow on the roads around area campuses. Lt. John Hohmann wrote one ticket to a woman who was traveling 38 mph near the middle school along Bean Creek Road that’s marked at 25 mph. “I set up our speed radar unit,” he said. “School was starting and children were arriving at school.” The speed radar trailer flashes for motorists to slow down when they are traveling faster than the safest maximum speed of 30 mph, he said. The trailer was definitely flashing with the traffic offender zoomed by, he said. “That was her warning to slow down,” he said. When he pulled her over, it was apparent that she was running late for something, as her hair was still wet from her morning shower and wrapped in a towel, he said. Meanwhile, over at the high school, an officer issued a warning to a freshman who ran a red light, Hohmann said. The boy was trying to beat the school bell, not wanting to be late for his first day of high school, he said. During the first two weeks of school, every available officer in Scotts Valley will be on the road to make sure cars and children are coexisting peacefully.
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