Caltrans to close Hwy 9 between Santa Cruz and Felton Monday, expect detours

Come Monday, June 7, motorists who normally travel the portion of Highway 9 between Highway 1 in Santa Cruz and Felton will need to find another route. On that day, a Caltrans contractor is tentatively set to close that portion of Highway 9 for between three and five months for a retaining wall repair project. Over the years, the road there has been battered by storms. This project aims to improve the highway’s safety and stability, the agency reported. Contractor Gordon N. Ball, Inc. of Alamo began preparation work on the $500,000 project about two weeks ago. During the closure, all traffic – vehicular, bike and pedestrian – will be subject to detours. Businesses in the area will be open during construction. Caltrans suggests motorists use the following detours around the construction area:
  • Heading southbound on Highway 9: Take Graham Hill Road/Empire Road to Highway 17 southbound. Then grab Highway 1 northbound to connect with Highway 9 northbound.
  • Heading Northbound on Highway 9: Take Highway 1 southbound to Highway 17 northbound. Take the exit to Mt. Hermon Road to Graham Hill Road/Empire Road and drive around to hook back up with Highway 9.
The detour will take cyclists and pedestrians to Graham Hill Road. Work is expected to wrap up by mid-October, Caltrans officials said. For information about this and other Caltrans projects in Santa Cruz County, call District 5 at 423-0396 or visit
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