Hwy 1/Salinas Road Project back on track

The safety project that involves building a fly over ramp from Highway 1 to Salinas Road is back on track. Work resumed Aug. 2 after a brief delay that allowed utility companies to relocate their infrastructure. Now, construction workers will focus on Hilltop Drive, where they will install bus stops along the upcoming planned detour. Beginning Aug. 15, the detour will move southbound Highway 1 traffic onto Hilltop, meaning they will have no direct access to Salinas Road. They'll have to use Highway 129 to hook up with Salinas Road. Meanwhile, northbound travelers will continue to use Highway 1 and have access to Salinas Road. Detour signs will be in place to direct motorists through the area. Learn more about the project, utility relocation delay and detour online at http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/projects/salinas_rd/index.htm. Pedestrian Observation Survey If you are out and about on foot in Santa Cruz County and you feel like you're being watched, you probably are. The Community Traffic Safety Coalition is gearing up for its annual Pedestrian Safety Observation Survey Aug. 22- Sept. 26. During that time, volunteers will set themselves up in 21 locations countywide to watch pedestrians and mark down whether they crossed at crosswalks and intersections, crossed when it was safe to do so and with corresponding traffic signals. They'll also make note of the pedestrian's estimated age range. The survey helps the coalition determine where and how to focus its public education resources. New roadside assistance trucks able to charge electric vehicles If you commute over the hill in your electric vehicle and find yourself stranded on the side of the road in need of a charge, AAA is there to help. The organization is deploying roadside assistance trucks for electric vehicles in six metropolitan areas nationwide, including the San Francisco Bay Area. More trucks will be on the way to other areas in the months following the initial release, AAA reported. The mobile charging truck can give electric car drivers about 10-15 minutes of charge time that allows members to travel up to 15 miles to the nearest charging station whether they can fill their battery up, according to AAA. The new trucks are powered by Green Charge Networks and come with a removable lithium-ion battery pack for mobile charging.  Meanwhile, other AAA roadside assistance vehicles will be equipped with generators powered by alternative fuels and other power sources. All will allow technicians to perform everyday tasks for all motor vehicles, including battery testing, jump starts, tire changes, fuel delivery and helping folks who've locked their keys in their car.
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