Category Archives: public works projects

Reader questions Santa Cruz’s color-coded parking meters

Dear Street Smarts, Q: When I am in downtown Santa Cruz, I always look for the ‘blue’ meters where for a quarter you get one hour of parking. Is the city getting rid of these affordable parking places? Lori Gaudin … Continue reading

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B40 Drive project heading out to bid soon

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I live on Branciforte Drive and I am wondering if there is a start date yet to fix the washout on our road and the one on Glen Canyon. Last I heard, the contractor promised to … Continue reading

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$6.5 million sewer replacement project begins Monday in Live Oak

Dear Street Smarts, Q: When should we expect to get our sewage lines fixed here in Live Oak on 17th Avenue? Franco Barni, via Facebook A: Starting Monday, June 16 through April of next year, crews with K.J. Woods Construction, … Continue reading

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Maps, not signs point the way to public restrooms

Dear Street Smarts, Q: This isn’t so much a traffic issue as it is a pedestrian issue but is it possible for the city to look into better signage at the beach end of Pacific Avenue/Front Street area regarding restroom … Continue reading

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Sink hole repair begins Tuesday

Work to repair a sink hole on West Cliff Drive between Woodrow Avenue and Columbia Street begins Tuesday, June 3 and continues through Friday, July 4. Located just seaward of the West Cliff pathway, the sink hole is connected to a sea cave. … Continue reading

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No easy solutions to put the brakes on traffic congestion

There are hot spots around the county that frequently draw letters from readers seeking a fix. Traffic congestion on Mission Street is one such topic that is never ending. Today, Street Smarts will address recent letters regarding the congestion in … Continue reading

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Potholing planned for Murray Street Bridge next week

Motorists can expect slow traffic and lane closures as a contractor works to fix potholes along Murray Street Bridge. Exaro Technologies, of Burlingame, will close the westbound lane 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 28. On Thursday, May 29, the eastbound … Continue reading

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Celebrating National Public Works Week with an Arana Gulch trail update

Editor’s note: Todays column is a guest article updating the effort to built multi-use trails in Arana Gulch from Janice Bisgaard, community relations specialist for the city of Santa Cruz. The article comes at the city celebrates this week as … 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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Drivers rarely yield for pedestrians at driveways, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My husband and I are daily pedestrians, walking two to five miles, for errands about town. We travel from Live Oak to downtown frequently on either Soquel Avenue or Water Street. These roadways have a lot … Continue reading

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