Busy roads on tap this week, through summer

Santa Cruz will start the month of June with some traffic and parking issues related to events and construction. First, the AIDS/Life Cycle Bicycle Ride, which pulled into town from San Francisco Sunday will head out early Monday via Highway 1, en route to King City. Each year, cyclists make the trek from the Bay Area to Los Angeles to raise money for AIDS research. Expect to see rolling lane closures as the CHP helps keep the riders and their support vehicles safe on their week-long journey. For traffic updates, call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at (805) 549-3318 or visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm. Also, starting today, the city of Santa Cruz will begin the installing fiber optic conduits and pull boxes in the street and sidewalk along the eastside of Cedar Street from the northwest corner at Locust Street to North Pacific Avenue and Mission Street. Work on the Cedar Street Fiber Optic Project will occur weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through July 31. Cedar Street will remain open at all times to vehicle traffic but there may be some minor delays. Pedestrian activity will be minimally detoured. Access to homes and businesses will remain uninterrupted. The project is the first step in the city’s plan to install new traffic signal controllers, new vehicle detection, a new server, software and fiber optic communications equipment. Once complete, the city will be able to collect and process real-time traffic data and adjust signalization to maximize efficiency with the goal improving traffic through the corridor and crossing arterials, as well as reduce delays, idle time and greenhouse gas emissions. For information, contact Nathan Nguyen, associate civil engineer, at (831) 420-5188 or nnguyen@cityofsantacruz.com. Lastly, the 29th Annual Japanese Cultural Fair is Saturday, June 6 at Mission Plaza Park and parking is limited. To help festival-goers, Toyota of Santa Cruz will operate a shuttle service from the County Building at 701 Ocean Street to the park, located across the street from Holy Cross Church along High Street between Slyvar and Emmett streets. The festival provides an opportunity for local residents to learn about and experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. For information, visit http://www.jcfsantacruz.org. Taking a break Street Smarts is taking a break and will return July 6. I am taking the kids on their first airplane trip when school lets out for the summer and before summer school begins. What advice do you have for me? We also will reorganize their room as the oldest prepares to head middle school in the fall. Thank you all for your continued support and advice in my new role as adoptive single mother to my little cousins. See you in a few weeks!
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