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$6.5 million sewer replacement project begins Monday in Live Oak
Dear Street Smarts, Q: When should we expect to get our sewage lines fixed here in Live Oak on 17th Avenue? Franco Barni, via Facebook A: Starting Monday, June 16 through April of next year, crews with K.J. Woods Construction, Inc., of San Francisco, will undertake the $6,488,000 project to replace aged sewer lines that have reached the end of their lives on 17th Avenue, from Harper to Felt Street; Brommer Street, from Brommer Way to 17th Avenue; Felt Street, from 17th Avenue to the end; and 24th Avenue, from Felt Street to Portola Drive. Flyers went out to area residents and businesses about this "very big, necessary project," according to a public works official. The project will have a substantial impact on the neighborhood. Work will occur from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Expect one lane, two-way traffic control for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. There also will be periods of complete road closures within the project limits and adjoining cross streets. Avoid the area if possible by using alternate routes. Detour routes will be provided. Project updates will be posted periodically online at http://feltstreetsewerproject.blogspot.com/. Q: I have several times seen right turns made on a red light from the inner left lane of two dedicated right turn lanes. Is this legal or is it only legal to make a right turn on a red light from the right most lane into the cross traffic right most lane? My wife was once honked by a car behind her when she didn't turn right against the light when she was in the innermost right turn lane. Arthur Hayashi, Watsonville A: It is legal to make a right from the center lane as long as there is no sign telling drivers not to do it. For Examples of this would be the center lane at southbound Highway 1 at 41st Avenue in Capitola and the left most right turn lane from River Street onto the ramp that takes you to northbound Highway 17 and southbound Highway 1. Of course, come to a complete stop at the red light and make sure no traffic -- pedestrian, bicycle, motor vehicle, etc. -- is close enough to collide with before making the right turn.