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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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Reporting highway driving-related car damage

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Two weeks ago, in the morning, when driving near the road construction near the southbound Soquel Avenue exit on Highway 1, a large piece of gravel struck my windshield. If it was not a piece of … Continue reading

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Stopping on Laurel Street hill difficult for stick shift drivers, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Could you ask the city why the top of Laurel Street hill is not timed with the stop lights by Louden Nelson? It used to be that cars would not be stopped there when reaching the … Continue reading

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Why freeway traffic comes to a crawl, stop

Sometimes when you’re driving on the highway, traffic comes to a crawl or stop. Usually, it doesn’t take much to figure out why. When traffic speed does pick up again, you may see a car pulled over with a popped … Continue reading

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Slowing down saves gas, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Your column a while back about saving gas by slowing down to 60 mph convinced me to do just that. I stay in the slow lane and try not to go over 62 mph. To be … Continue reading

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What’s the 411 on Wednesday’s traffic break on I-280, reader asks

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Around 12:45 this afternoon, I was driving northbound on Interstate 280 this afternoon when a police car with flashing lights was slaloming on all lanes to help keep all the traffic below 45 mph. I was about … Continue reading

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The street smarts of allowing extra space between you and other road users

The California Driver Handbook instructs drivers to make sure they have plenty of room to make various movements, such as turns and lane changes. Today, Street Smarts urges motorists to follow the other part of that rule, too, and allow … Continue reading

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No new signs pointing toward Hwy 1 planned for 41st Ave

Dear Street Smarts,  Q: I have noticed frustration by motorists who are not sure where the freeway entrances are when traveling on 41st avenue  — both north and south. Is there a plan to have signs put up soon?  Just … Continue reading

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Simitian’s red light camera bill on its way to becoming law

The State Senate has passed a bill that aims to protect motorists from wrongful tickets issued by red light cameras. Street Smarts first wrote about this in a previous blog. SB 1362, by Senator Joe Simitian of Palo Alto, requires … Continue reading

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Salinas Road Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday

If you find yourself in the area of Highway 1 and Salinas Road Friday, April 23, you may stumble upon a party. Caltrans District 5 and the Transportation Agency of Monterey will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 1:30 p.m. to … Continue reading

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