Hwy 1 auxiliary lanes project update, electric vehicles workshop

Concrete will be poured on the top deck of the new La Fonda Bridge beginning at 7 a.m. today. The mixing trucks will begin pouring on the ocean side of La Fonda but will not need to work from the mountain side of the bridge, meaning no congestion at La Fonda and Oak Way. The new deck will require 10 days to cure after the pour. Utility crews will be out there working at the bridge approaches during the next two weeks reconnection the gas line that runs through the bridge. In mid-July, expect Highway 1 to be shut down in one direction overnight so that crews can remove wood and steel support beams. The bridge is to reopen by the end of August. The auxiliary lanes project is to wrap up in late September. As for the rest of the project, work continues on the soundwalls. Scaffolding will be used to reach the upper level of the soundwall on the northbound side of the highway as it is set during the next five weeks. Landscaping work continues, as well. Crews are scheduled to work July 5 and some weekends to complete the project. A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for October. Free EV workshop today Ecology Action is hosting a free workshop for Santa Cruz residents interested in learning more about electric vehicles 5-6:30 p.m. today at its office, at 877 Cedar St. Santa Cruz. The workshop's goal is to help people determine if EVs can meet their daily driving needs for commute, social, business and other trips. Working alongside several electric vehicle owners, Ecology Action will explain the benefits, savings and trends surrounding owning an EV. Rebate and incentive programs that make owning an EV more affordable also will be discussed, as will a number of leasing options. EV owners will share their experiences with their cars. There also will be a demonstration area so workshop attendees can explore various types of EVs, including the Nissan leaf, Chevy Volt and Smart ED vehicle. Car rental agencies Enterprise and Hertz will be there giving away a $10 discount for those seeking to rent an EV from their fleet. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Emily Glanville at eglanville@ecoact.org or 515-1328.
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