Category Archives: traffic

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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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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New traffic signal installation at Soquel Ave., Park Way Tuesday

As construction begins to wind down on the $1 million widening project along Soquel Avenue at Park way, crews Tuesday will remove the old traffic signals so that new ones can be installed. From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., that … Continue reading

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Hwy 1 flyover could ease traffic congestion at on Santa Cruz streets

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I would think a simple solution to alleviate traffic on local streets is a flyover at the end of High Street where we have the foot bridge over Highway 1? This flyover would decrease the traffic … Continue reading

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Readers offer traffic congestion busting ideas

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Dear Ramona- Thank you for the opportunity to submit questions for your upcoming interview. I am 83 years old and have lived in Santa Cruz my entire life. My question is whatever happened to theĀ four lane … Continue reading

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The race to unravel gridlock

Traffic congestion — everybody dislikes being stuck in gridlock and in recent weeks Street Smarts has been fielding a good share of letters from readers complaining about it. They’ve been requesting that local public works departments make changes, whether it … Continue reading

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Ecology Action launches monthly Bike/Walk to School Day

Seven school across the county will begin a monthly Bike/Walk to School Day program thanks to Ecology Action, which runs the twice annual Bike to Work/School Day activities. While the program is being launched Thursday, Nov. 14, the event is … Continue reading

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Strawberry Festival to cause road closure, detour in Watsonville this weekend

Expect detours along Highway 152 between Lake Avenue and 2nd Street beginning 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 through 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 a the city makes way for the 19th Annual Watsonville Strawberry Festival. All traffic lanes in both … Continue reading

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Causes of traffic along Hwy 1

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Thank you for keeping us up to date on local traffic issue. I am always puzzled why congested southbound traffic on Highway 1 frees up going up the hill after Park Avenue. Few cars get off … Continue reading

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Metering lights along Hwy 1, paving on Graham Hill needed, say readers

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Has a study ever been done on the advantages of having ‘on-ramp metering traffic lights’ installed on some of the ramps coming onto to Highway 1? These are so beneficial to many congested cities throughout California; … Continue reading

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