Stop sign at washout on El Rancho near Carbonera stays, public works says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I am writing to find out about a stop sign on El Rancho just north of Carbonera Drive. It is a one-lane road each way and there is a section of the northbound lane that has been washed out and thus the need for some control for opposite direction traffic to pass. It is a lightly used road and it seems a waste to have to stop when there is no traffic coming from the other direction. Is there a reason why a 'yield' sign would not be just a safe, when you can see if traffic is coming from the other direction? Thanks, Steve Haas, via email A: "El Rancho is a parallel route to Highway 17 and can have a high volume of traffic on certain days due to tourists, accidents, emergencies, etc," said Jack Sohriakoff, Senior Civil Engineer for county public works. "With this in mind, it is better to be safe when there is a potential for a lot of road users from out of the area to use this facility. Experience has shown that public safety is increased and liability is best reduced when the actions of motorists are clearly marked." Bike to Work/School Day Oct. 10 Santa Cruz County's roads will be filled with cyclists young and young at heart participating in the 15th annual Santa Cruz County Fall Bike to Work Day Oct. 10. Hosted by Ecology Action, the event runs from 6:30-9:30 a.m. countywide. Businesses and schools will be participating, rewarding cyclists for ditching the car keys, reducing greenhouse gases and freeing up road congestion, while improving their own health. For information about the event, including the location of free breakfast sites, visit
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