Santa Cruz’s upcoming road projects for 2011

The city of Santa Cruz has a few projects on tap for 2011. Below is a summary of seven of them, courtesy Chris Schneiter of the public works department:
  • Pacific Avenue/Center Street Roundabout – The city's largest project currently under construction is funded by federal stimulus money, redevelopment funds and traffic impact fees. The construction contract, in the amount of $953,000, has been awarded to Don Chapin and Company. The project includes new sidewalk, streetlights and trees on Pacific Avenue toward the Wharf, as well as paving along Pacific and West Cliff Drive to Bay Street. Traffic delays and detours in the area should be expected through March 2011.
  • West Cliff Drive Paving – In March or April, the city will pave West Cliff Drive between Almar Avenue and Swanton Boulevard using $550,000 in funding from federal stimulus, surface transportation and local coffers. The project has been designed but not yet awarded to a contractor. Detours will be in effect during the construction.
  • Laurel Street Pedestrian Safety Improvements – This spring, $45,000 in pedestrian safety improvements will take place along Laurel between Felix and Blackburn streets. Funded by the city’s allocation of Transportation Development Act fund, the project will cause delays in the area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Daily for the two week duration of the project, once it begins. The project is still in the design phase and has yet to be awarded to a contractor for construction.
  • Safe Routes to School – This summer or fall, sidewalks and disabled access ramps will be installed in the Galt School Area. The work, to the tune of $445,000, will be paid for with a Safe Routes to School Grant. It is not expected to impact vehicle traffic.
  • Pacific Avenue/Beach Street Roundabout – In September, the city expects to begin building its second roundabout on Pacific Avenue. This one, estimated to cost around $800,000, is to be located at Beach Street and will be funded by traffic impact fees. The roundabout design is complete but a contractor hasn't been hired yet. Expect traffic delays this fall and winter.
  • West Cliff Multi-Use Path – This fall, a portion of the West Cliff Drive multi-use path will be repaved. Armed with $100,000 in Transportation Development Act funding, the project is estimated to stretch from Bay Street to Lighthouse Field. Traffic will be impacted as users of the path may be shifted to one traffic lane during the work.
  • Soquel Park Way Left-Turn Lane Project – If the city gets the federal transportation grant is applied for, this project will occur this fall and winter. Design for the project is complete but more money is needed to go to the next step. The estimated cost of this project is $730,000. Significant traffic delays are expected because of the tight right-of-way and the new retaining wall built adjacent to Whaler's Car Wash.
Schneiter plans to give a similar report at this week's Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission meeting. Media alerts will be sent out as each project is set to begin, he said.
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