Hwy 1 closed for funeral procession for fallen first responder

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Could you possibly determine the reason that Highway 1 southbound was closed about noon on Tuesday, April 22? The CHP was blocking the on-ramps at 41st Avenue, Soquel Avenue and possibly more. There were 15-20 CHP motorcycles and cruisers leading a procession of limousines followed by three to four fire vehicles. Thank you in advance. Bob Cornell, Aptos A: The freeway was closed for a funeral procession for retired Capitola Police Officer Jason Grogan, said officer Bradley Sadek of the California Highway Patrol. The procession was making its way to Twin Lakes Church in Aptos. Grogan, 40, was a Soquel resident who was born in San Jose Aug. 13, 1973. He passed away April 12, 2014 at Dominican Hospital after a lengthy battle with lymphangiomatosis, a rare possibly congenital disease of the lymphatic system, a network linked throughout the body except the central nervous system and brain. During his short life, he also was as a Paramedic for Monterey and Santa Clara Counties, worked for the Santa Cruz Sheriff's Department for a time and was a volunteer fire fighter with the Carmel Fire Department. Off duty, he enjoyed dirt and mountain biking, as well as traveling the world with his wife, Christine. View his entire obituary at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/santacruzsentinel/obituary.aspx?pid=170675169#sthash.8pJY6SKj.dpuf. Learn more about lymphangiomatosis from the American Lung Association at http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/lymphangiomatosis/. Bridge work rescheduled to this week A bridge maintenance project that had been scheduled last week for the overcrossing at Highway 1 and Bay Avenue in Capitola will occur this week instead. From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, May 12 and Tuesday, May 13, Caltrans will close the southbound on-ramp to Highway 1 from northbound 41st Avenue, as well as the southbound off-ramp to Highway 1 at Bay so crews can replace joints on the Bay Avenue bridge. The work, which was planned for four nights last week, will take only two nights this week. As a detour, motorists may opt to take 41st Avenue to Soquel Drive then on to Porter Street to the southbound Highway 1 on-ramp at Bay. Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones. It’s the law. For information on this and other projects in Santa Cruz County, call Caltrans District 5 at 1-877-448-6771 or visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#mon. Cyclists can win from AMBAG this month May is National Bike Month and to commemorate, CycleTracksMonterey.org is offering drawings for bike riders to win things like tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, gift certificates to local bike shops and dinner for two at Sticks restaurant. Cycle Tracks, driven by the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, enables cyclists throughout the Monterey Bay Area to help local governments better understand the needs of cyclists. Bicycle riders can map out their routes using an interactive map or smart phone app that is downloadable to iPhones and Androids. That information is then used for better bicycle planning throughout the region. The project runs through this summer. To enter the drawing or to participate in the bike route mapping, visit CycleTracksMonterey.org. The winners of the drawing will be announced in June.
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