Category Archives: Capitola

Improperly placed neighborhood traffic calming signs may be hazardous

Dear Street Smarts, Q: A neighbor on Wesley Street in Capitola had one of those brightly colored plastic turtle signs asking drivers to slow down. It was placed a little farther out in the street than the parked cars. One … 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.┬áCaltrans is paying Bear Electrical Solutions, of Alviso, $366,000 to install the traffic cameras. The project begins … Continue reading

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Capitola resident seeks relief from speeders, loud motorcycles

Dear Street Smarts Q: Several neighbors met with our much respected police chief in Capitola about slowing down motorcycles that fly up the main exit streets of Capitola on weekends, tail pipes blasting ,causing an unbelievable amount of noise at … Continue reading

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Transportation, communications projects keep motorists on their toes on Hwys 1, 17

  Planned bridge work on Highway 1 back on again The on again, off again project to replace bridge joints on the Soquel Creek Bridge in Capitola is back on again. For the next couple of weeks, crews will be … Continue reading

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Hwy 1 closed for funeral procession for fallen first responder

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Could you possibly determine the reason that Highway 1 southbound was closed about noon on Tuesday, April 22? The CHP was blocking the on-ramps at 41st Avenue, Soquel Avenue and possibly more. There were 15-20 CHP … Continue reading

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Bridge work rescheduled to next week

Bridge work that had been scheduled this week for the overcrossing at Highway 1 and Bay Avenue in Capitola has been pushed back to next week. From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.┬áMonday, May 12 and Tuesday, May 13, Caltrans to … Continue reading

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Bike to Work/School Day is Thursday

Thursday, May 8 is Bike to Work/School Day. As part of Ecology Action’s 27th annual Bike Week events, breakfast sites will be set up countywide for adults and children alike on their bicycle commute to work and/or school. Drivers, please … Continue reading

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41st Ave. ramp to southbound Highway 1 closed nights through Thursday

Starting tonight through Thursday, Caltrans will be replacing the joints on the bridge at Highway 1 and Bay in Capitola. From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the southbound on-ramp to the highway from 41st Avenue will be closed. Instead, motorists … Continue reading

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Regional Transportation Plan public comment taken Thursday

Public comment will be taken Thursday about the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s Regional Transportation Plan during the commission’s meeting 9 a.m. Thursday, May 1 in the Capitola City Council Chamber, 420 Capitola Ave. Supporters of the Facebook Group, … Continue reading

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Helping traffic flow on Hwy 1 requires money

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The letter by Miss Roberson in last Monday’s paper supports widening of highway one –again. Instead, can’t the engineers at Caltrans design a better 41st Avenue-Bay Avenue-Porter Street interchange? For all the money spent thus far … Continue reading

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