Category Archives: big rigs

Local logging company responds to ‘Jake Brakes’ letter to Street Smarts

After seeing Thursday column regarding “Jake Braking” on the Fishhook, the Big Creek Lumber Co. of Davenport wrote in to Street Smarts seeking to set the record straight. Here’s what was said: “The local log truck drivers who haul in … Continue reading

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‘No Jake Brakes” signs seek to control truck noise, create legal ruckus

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I’m wondering what it would take to get a ‘No Jake Brakes’ sign posted for northbound big rigs approaching the fishhook. There are a couple guys that enjoy rattling our neighborhood very early in the morning. … Continue reading

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New lane configuration on Brommer at 41st Brommer to stay

Dear Street Smarts, Q: What is the long term intent for turning and through movements eastbound on Brommer Street. at 41st Avenue? Prior to the opening of the hotel on that corner, there was one left turn and/or through lane and … Continue reading

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Crashes involving large trucks means death for those in the other vehicle

Fact from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Passengers in vehicles involved in crashes with large trucks are more likely to die as a result on that collision. “In 2011, 3,757 people were killed in motor-vehicle crashes involving a large … Continue reading

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Us vs. them: Can bicyclists and motorists get along on Santa Cruz County’s roads?

Santa Cruz County touts itself as being laid back and a cycling-friendly mecca. But is it? Every time anything cycling related appears in this column, rage comes out. This past Thursday’s column is a perfect example. Verbal single finger solutes … Continue reading

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Sharing mountain roads with bicyclists

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Last week, I was driving slowly down Old San Jose-Soquel Road in my very full four ton diesel Isuzu NPR commercial flatbed, which is 12 feet wide when the side mirrors are included. This road is … Continue reading

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