Category Archives: Caltrans

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 … Continue reading

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Signal light stops traffic for nonexistent cars, pedestrians, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have noticed, on many occasions, that both traffic lights turn red on westbound Soquel Drive toward Santa Cruz at Cabrillo College will turn red when there are no cars nor pedestrians to trigger them. The … Continue reading

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Striping, paving and Sharrows

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Although paving work was completed weeks ago, a long stretch of Mount Hermon Road before the road ends at Graham Hill Road is still without reflectors and a double yellow line. Many of the temporary reflectors … Continue reading

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When cyclists must follow rules for cars, pedestrians

Dear Street Smarts, Q: On Thursday morning, while biking with my kids to DeLaveaga Elementary School, I was scolded by the crossing guard for riding my bike against the crossing signal, which had a red hand up. The light at … Continue reading

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CHP steps up enforcement at highway construction sites

Starting this week, the California Highway Patrol is stepping up enforcement at work zones on highways statewide. The safety campaign also includes having electronic highway message signs located within five miles of a construction project to warn drivers that “WORKERS AHEAD, … Continue reading

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Traffic cameras being installed on Hwy 1; Wharf to Wharf foot race closes Hwy 1 ramp

Traffic camera installations begin Monday night along a six mile stretch of Highway from Freedom Boulevard in Aptos to Soquel Drive in Santa Cruz. Caltrans is paying Bear Electrical Solutions, of Alviso, $366,000 to install the traffic cameras. The project begins … 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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Drainage project closes the Fishhook at night this week

Caltrans is paying Graniterock Construction of Watsonville $200,000 to make drainage improvements at the Fishhook. Beginning this week, crews will work from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on southbound Highway 1 between the Emeline Street overcrossing and Carbonera Creek Bridge near the … Continue reading

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Reader questions senior driver course insurance discount

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My question is whether the California law regarding insurers to grant a discount on car insurance for three years when seniors take the AARP ‘Safe Driver’ two day class also applies to insurance companies based out … Continue reading

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Disabled parking space in front of home should be removed, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live downtown Santa Cruz in a neighborhood that is difficult to find parking places. Next door to me is a low-income apartment with four units. They have a space in front designated for handicapped parking … Continue reading

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