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The rundown on road work around the county
Santa Cruz's public works department and Caltrans have reached out to Street Smarts to provide information about projects they're working on. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention in construction zones. The use of alternative routes are encouraged, if possible. In Santa Cruz, Marina-based Monterey Peninsula Engineering Monday, March 25, will begin replacing the sewer main along Ocean Street from Graham Hill Road to the intersection of Highway 17 and Ocean. Expect traffic delays and flaggers through April 5. This project is part of a larger effort to update and upgrade the sewer line in the area. Work also will occur on Blaine, Pryce and Felker streets, as well as the part of Hubbard Street and Washburn Street that connects to Ocean Street. The project began Feb. 4 and is to wrap up by mid-May. Project updates, including photos, are posted at oceanstreetsewer.blogspot.com. Meanwhile, Caltrans' viaduct improvement project along Highway 9 near Ben Lomond is entering a new phase. Expect grinding and paving in the the quarter-mile section from just north of Glen Arbor Road to Highland County Park Thursday and Friday April 4 and 5, weather permitting. Traffic controls have been in place 24 hours each day since the project began in September. They will continue through early April. Delays of up to 15 minutes should be expected. When the road work is complete, the landscaping portion of the project is to be completed by next summer. Pavex of Watsonville is being paid $1.3 million to perform the work. For information about this or or Caltrans projects, call 423-0396 or visit www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/maint/road/upscr.htm. Fundraiser for pedal power Erin Inglish's Earth Bike Banjo Tour will perform at the Santa Cruz Bike Church Tool Cooperative, at 703 Pacific Ave., 6 p.m. Sunday, April 7 to raise money for the organization and People Power of Santa Cruz County. Tickets are $15. For reservations, call 425-0665 or visit www.peoplepowersc.org. Read up on Erin Inglish at www.erininglish.com. NHTSA rolls out SaferCar app To parents and caregivers of small children seeking directions to the closest place to have child passenger seats professionally installed, there's an app for that. Need information and tips on buying a car? That same app can help with that. The SaferCar app, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provides the latest vehicle safety information, headlines and alerts as part of the agency's ongoing efforts to make it easier to the motoring public to access and submit information about important vehicle concerns. “Timely, accurate, and accessible safety data is the lifeblood of our agency’s work,” said David Strickland, the agency's administrator. “The new SaferCar app literally puts the latest in vehicle safety information directly in the hands of consumers so they can make the appropriate purchasing and other decisions for themselves and their families.” Currently, the app is available for iPhone and iPads.
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