26th Ave. to wait for improvements

Dear Street Smarts, Q: We just moved to a house on 26th Avenue between East Cliff and Portola drives and have been noticing how dicey the situation is among pedestrians, bikers, surfers, and speeding cars and heavy county trucks -- mainly from the county's Lode Street facility -- along this very narrow little two lane road. Do you have any sense of whether the county has looked at alternatives to slow traffic down or create a bit more space on this clearly multi-modal corridor? Seems like making it a one way street like East Cliff might be one option, if sidewalks aren't. I've noticed that 30th Avenue has speed control features on the north and south sides of Portola. Best, Bill Sears via email A: Check out http://sccoplanningtest.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/PlanningHome/LongRangePlanning/TownVillageSpecificPlans/PleasurePointCommunityPlan.aspx on the county's website regarding the county's Pleasure Point Community Plan. Chapter 4, Section C discusses road improvements, said Jack Sohriakoff, senior civil engineer. The county began drawing up this plan in he 2007-08 fiscal year and was approved by the Coastal Commission in May 2010. That said, no work is scheduled for this segment of 26th Avenue in the county's Capital Improvement Plan for the next five years. View the unprogrammed roadside improvements on page 103 at http://www.dpw.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/. Revising the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Plan The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission will consider adopting a revision to the Final Master Plan for the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network project and adopting an addendum to the Final Environmental Impact Report during a public hearing 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 in the Watsonville City Council Chambers, 275 Main Street, Suite 400. Written comments may be submitted to info@sccrtc.org by noon Wednesday, Feb. 5 to info@sccrtc.org. On Nov. 7, 2013, the commission adopted the Final Master Plan but continued concern regarding one of the trail segments is prompting the hearing. Once built, the trail network will provide connections to activity centers, coastal access points and other key destinations for bicycle, pedestrian, wheelchair, and other non-motorized travel. The trail will travel alongside the 32 mile Santa Cruz Branch rail line right-of-way. Fifty miles of trail will branch out into 20 segments from the spine of the so-called, "rail trail." The 17th segment is the portion that's of concern. Read the Final Master Plan at http://www.sccrtc.org/projects/multi-modal/monterey-bay-sanctuary-scenic-trail/mbsst-master-plan/. For information about the project, visit www.sccrtc.org. Street Smarts appears Mondays and Thursdays. New topics are posted weekdays at www.santacruzlive.com/blogs/streetsmarts. Follow it also on Twitter and Facebook. Submit questions to those aforementioned social media sites or to streetsmarts@santacruzsentinel.com. Please include your name, city of residence and a phone number where you can be reached.
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