Category Archives: Highway 9

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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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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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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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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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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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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‘No U-Turn’ sign needs better positioning, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was disappointed in your treatment of Mr. Jim Walt’s problem (published in Street Smarts March 31) with the signage at the Highway 1, Highway 9, North River Street intersection. The signage there is positively wretched. … 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 in 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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Santa Cruz Co. to receive $800K in state transportation funding

Transportation projects in Santa Cruz County will receive part of $1 billion in funding to rebuild infrastructure from the California Transportation Commission. Among 153 transportation projects statewide, the goal is th strengthen the state’s economy by creating and sustaining jobs … Continue reading

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Hwy 9 construction nears completion

Grinding and paving are planned for Wednesday and Thursday, April 10 and 11 on Highway 9 just north of Glen Arbor Road to Highlands County. The $1.3 million viaduct project began last September. The temporary traffic signal has been removed … Continue reading

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