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Busy roads on tap this week, through summer

Santa Cruz will start the month of June with some traffic and parking issues related to events and construction. First, the AIDS/Life Cycle Bicycle Ride, which pulled into town from San Francisco Sunday will head out early Monday via Highway … Continue reading

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Speeders should stop killing ducks, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Ducks are being killed on the stretch of East Cliff Drive between 21st Avenue and 23rd Avenue. There are ‘Duck Crossing’ signs in place — donated by Friends of Corcoran Lagoon — but drivers ignore the … Continue reading

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Signal light stops traffic for nonexistent cars, pedestrians, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have noticed, on many occasions, that both traffic lights turn red on westbound Soquel Drive toward Santa Cruz at Cabrillo College will turn red when there are no cars nor pedestrians to trigger them. The … Continue reading

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Improperly placed neighborhood traffic calming signs may be hazardous

Dear Street Smarts, Q: A neighbor on Wesley Street in Capitola had one of those brightly colored plastic turtle signs asking drivers to slow down. It was placed a little farther out in the street than the parked cars. One … Continue reading

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Learning about ‘glasphalt’, tsunami signs & Halloween safety

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Your article [Monday] described the glass look in paving. It actually isn’t sand — it is glass. [It’s called glasphalt.] When recycling began in the late ’60’s, the State of California quickly realized that demand — … Continue reading

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Well-meaning sign puts cyclists in danger, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: While driving last Wednesday down High Street from Bay near Peace United Church at 900 High Street, I nearly had a collision with a bike rider who had to swerve out into the street to avoid … Continue reading

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Murray Street Bridge may go out to bid next summer

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I enjoy your column and learn from it as well. Perhaps you can provide some information as to the status of the Murray Street Bridge project. I had understood that it was to be retrofitted at … Continue reading

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What to do when school bus lights flash, stop arm’s engaged but no one’s there

Dear Street Smarts, Q: On Ocean Street, headed toward Highway 17, there was one of the smaller school buses a little bigger than a van parked in front of Finn’s, with its lights flashing and it’s ‘stop’ sign out. I … Continue reading

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$6.5 million sewer replacement project begins Monday in Live Oak

Dear Street Smarts, Q: When should we expect to get our sewage lines fixed here in Live Oak on 17th Avenue? Franco Barni, via Facebook A: Starting Monday, June 16 through April of next year, crews with K.J. Woods Construction, … 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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