Tag Archives: Caltrans

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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Cost to drive drops, AAA reports

How much does your vehicle cost you to drive it each year? According to findings from AAA, owning and operating a new car in 2014 costs 2.7 percent less that it did last year. “Despite increases in maintenance and registration … Continue reading

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Hwy 1 barrier work begins tonight, runs through November

Tonight, Caltrans will embark on an 8 mile barrier project along Highway 1 between Aptos and Santa Cruz. From now through November, RGW Construction of Livermore will be paid $1.7 million to erect a concrete slab and barrier along both directions … Continue reading

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Electronic message signs address drought concerns

What do you think about Caltrans posting water conservation messages on the electronic message signs?

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Bridge work rescheduled to next week

Bridge work that had been scheduled this week for the overcrossing at Highway 1 and Bay Avenue in Capitola has been pushed back to next week. From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, May 12 and Tuesday, May 13, Caltrans to … Continue reading

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Bike to Work/School Day is Thursday

Thursday, May 8 is Bike to Work/School Day. As part of Ecology Action’s 27th annual Bike Week events, breakfast sites will be set up countywide for adults and children alike on their bicycle commute to work and/or school. Drivers, please … 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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One more letter about ‘No U-Turn’ sign at River, Hwy 1

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Regarding the signage of ‘No U Turn’ at River Street and Highway 1 southbound, there is already a post with traffic signs on the island on the north side of River Street with signs facing the … 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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