Category Archives: Ben Lomond

Readers question new ‘Give Me 3’ law

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I think the new ‘Three feet for safety’ law is a good idea. I have a question about its practical application. On a two lane road, for instance Highway 9, when I find a clear spot … Continue reading

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Hwy 9 drainage system replacement project begins Monday near Ben Lomond

John Madonna Construction, of San Luis Obispo, is being paid $120,000 by Caltrans to replace a deteriorating drainage system near Ben Lomond. Work begins Monday, July 21 along southbound Highway 9 from Alba Road to California/Middle Road. Traffic controls will … Continue reading

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Nighttime Caltrans work on Hwy 9

Nighttime Caltrans work on Hwy 9 Caltrans this week will be doing some grinding and paving along Highway 9┬áin Ben Lomond, Brookdale, and Boulder Creek. The work starts in Ben Lomond Tuesday night, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. to 5 … Continue reading

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Aldridge Lane to be repaired this fall, ‘Give Me 3’ bill becomes law

Dear Street Smarts, Q: In 20 years living on Aldridge Lane in Corralitos, I have watched the berm alongside the road be dragged down by the procession of apple growers who have taken turns farming the small piece of land … Continue reading

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Turnouts are not long term parking lots, says CHP

Dear Street Smarts, Q: We live in the unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County on a road where our neighbors are few and far between. Across from our house is a turnout which is the access for the utility/telephone pole … Continue reading

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Two lanes of traffic along Hwy 9 at Glen Arbor re-open April 6

Dear Street Smarts, Q: We had to laugh, just last week we saw in your column: “Scratch that July 31 date, said Susana Cruz of Caltrans. The actual date is March 29.” We immediately started taking bets on the March … Continue reading

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The rundown on road work around the county

Santa Cruz’s public works department and Caltrans have reached out to Street Smarts to provide information about projects they’re working on. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention in construction zones. The use of alternative routes are encouraged, … Continue reading

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The tourists are coming, install traffic signals in Capitola, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The tourist season is about to begin and the traffic nightmare in Capitola will also begin. The two four-way stop sign intersections on Bay Ave in Capitola need to be replaced by traffic signals. The intersections … Continue reading

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Caltrans should study traffic patterns, local events before starting bottlenecking project on Hwy 9, reader fumes

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I posted the message below on the Caltrans contact page for “Traffic or Work Zone Concern.” While everyone who drives Highway 9 understands the need for work to be done on the road, some consideration of … Continue reading

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Fix traffic light at Mission, King, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Variation on an old joke: How many Caltrans traffic engineers does it take to screw up a traffic light? One recent Thursday at 2:30 p.m., I waited through four light cycles on King at Mission streets. … Continue reading

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