Tag Archives: congestion

Bay at Mission traffic is not so bad, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: On Dec. 11, 2013, you published a letter from a reader complaining about the backup of southeast bound traffic on Bay Street at Mission or turning right onto Mission toward Half Moon Bay. I was surprised … Continue reading

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The logic behind Hwy 1 auxiliary lanes instead of through lanes

Dear Street Smarts, Q: While I believe that the lanes being added between Soquel Drive and Morrissey Boulevard are done in a manner that avoided certain regulations that apply to general highway widening, it escapes me how the northbound lane, … Continue reading

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Readers say ‘thank you’ to Street Smarts

Thank you to those of you who wrote in to respond to last Thursday’s column encouraging all road users to obey trafic laws, including new ones aimed at protecting people who work or ride a bicycle along the roadside. Here … Continue reading

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Back to school commuting tips

It’s back to school season. That means more traffic and a longer commute to work. It also means more kids on the road in their parents cars, on foot, bikes, skateboards, etc. going to and from school. Street Smarts solicited … Continue reading

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Unkempt sidewalks, Mission Street gridlock meet readers’ ire

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Who is responsible for the sidewalk in front of Cafe Sparrow in Aptos? It is in terrible shape. I use a walker and it is very difficult to enter the restaurant from the adjacent parking lot. … Continue reading

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Auxiliary lanes project update

The Highway 1 auxiliary lanes project continues to drive toward completion. Crews continue to work along the northside of the highway between Soquel Avenue and Morrissey Boulevard. Work includes setting the piles and building the foundation for the walls at … 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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Confusing signs in Soquel Village contribute to traffic snarls, says reader

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The sign on Soquel Drive at Main Street in the Soquel Village indicates two lanes that can travel straight through the intersection of Soquel and Porter when you can only go straight through the intersection from … Continue reading

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Talking traffic to DeLaveaga school, commute solutions

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I was interested to read your Street Smarts column about how school traffic has been affected by the La Fonda overpass construction. Ms. Speiser may be accurate in her efforts to help ease traffic by encouraging … Continue reading

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Aptos Village sewer project has traffic backed up for miles, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Thanks for your great column, I always enjoy reading it. Thursday’s column on road work in the county did not mention the large undergrounding project that has been going on for weeks in Aptos Village along … Continue reading

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