Category Archives: Highway 17

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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Can’t install stop sign, yank it without studying the potential impact, city says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I agree with Niels Sundermeyer’s letter [April 20] about this intersection and its impact on River and Water streets. What I don’t understand is why there needs to be a special consultant and three months of … Continue reading

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Hwy 17 needs an auxiliary lane through Los Gatos, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Here in Santa Cruz, we have achieved better traffic flow by adding merge lanes to Hwy 1. I was a Los Gatos mountains resident for 25 years, commuting to Cupertino. It finally dawned on me that … Continue reading

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Reader questions fog line, fast lane rules

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I appreciate your column, Ramona. Two questions: My first question is about northbound Mission/Highway 1 at Western. Can an automobile legally cross the solid line on the right to make a right turn? For example, a … Continue reading

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Where to turn when emergency lights and sirens approach on Hwy 17

Every now and then, Street Smarts receives questions from readers who are too shy to give their name. Here’s one of them: “Just a quick question prompted by some accidents during rush-hour on 17 this past week in the rain. … Continue reading

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When life’s changes mean buying a new car

On Tuesday, I traded in my old compact car for a bigger car with better gas mileage. That sounds weird to say. Typically, people trade in big, gas guzzling vehicles for zippy little cars that are more friendly to the wallet … Continue reading

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Driving faster over Hwy 17 saves little to no time, CHP says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: A few years ago, the Sentinel published an article about the length of time it takes to cross Highway 17 to San Jose based upon various speeds, such as 50 mph, 55 mph, 60 mph, etc. … Continue reading

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Fund it, build it, reader says

On Monday, Street Smarts asked readers for ideas on ways to unravel Santa Cruz County’s gridlock. Many suggestions came in. Here are the traffic congestion busting thoughts of Robert Hull: Solving today’s traffic problems requires updating many parts of our … Continue reading

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Tesla distraction article in poor taste, readers say

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Your article about, Hencke appears biased. Do you not know a Tesla driver killed Josh Alper on Hwy 1? Or are you trying to make the accident okay? The facts: The Tesla did not kill Alper. … Continue reading

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Construction on Hwy 17 calls for lane closures next weekend

The retaining wall project on Highway 17 near Scotts Valley just north of Glenwood Drive is going to require lane closures next weekend. From 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 through 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, one lane will be closed … Continue reading

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