Roads could be slow & go this week for projects, Bike Week

Drivers countywide will have to pay extra attention to the roads and their travel routes this week as several events, including a sewer project, highway work and Bike Week, take to the streets. First, in Santa Cruz, the city will embark on a sewer repair project 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 4 through Friday, May 8 at the intersection of Soquel/Hagemann/Trevethan avenues. Left turns will be prohibited in all directions due to this importance project. The city regrets any inconvenience the work will cause but asks for the public's cooperation and patience. Direct questions and concerns to Steve Wolfman, associate civil engineer , at swolfman@cityofsantacruz.com or (831) 420-5428. Next up, Caltrans has a couple projects lined up for Highways 17 and 152, today, May 4. On Highway 152, VSS International from West Sacramento will perform a two mile paving project from the Highway 152/Highway 1 separation to Holohan Road in Watsonville. The $800,000 project will occur 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays through the end of July. Motorists can expect delays of up to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, on Highway 17, crews with Cable Com LLC, of Castroville, will run a new strand and fiber optic cable for Comcast between Glenwood Drive and Spanish Oaks Road near Scotts Valley. Work will take place at night, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. The right lane of northbound Highway 17 will be closed; the left lane will remain open. Minimal delays are expected. Work is expected to wrap up by 5 a.m. Friday, May 8. Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones. For information, call District 5 (831) 423-0396 or visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#scr. Finally, this week is Ecology Action's 28th annual Bike Week; Thursday is Bike to Work/School day. Thousands of cyclists -- novice and expert, young and young at heart -- will hit the road countywide in search of free breakfast and prizes as a reward for using alternative forms of transportation. From 6:30-9:30 a.m., 13 public and 45 school breakfast sites will provide free munchies -- some sites also offer giveaways, free bike maintenance and/or massages. Last year's one day spring time event drew 7,000 bike riders countywide. For the full Bike Week schedule, see http://www.bike2work.com/s_cruz/week.html. Street Smarts appears Mondays. Follow it 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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