Category Archives: road work

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 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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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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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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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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Survey work for drainage project begins Tuesday near Fishhook

Survey work related to an upcoming drainage project will require lane closures in Santa Cruz. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, surveyors will be working in the left lane of southbound Highway 1 and the right — or slow … 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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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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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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