Tag Archives: traffic

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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Driving faster over Hwy 17 saves little to no time, CHP says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: A few years ago, the Sentinel published an article about the length of time it takes to cross Highway 17 to San Jose based upon various speeds, such as 50 mph, 55 mph, 60 mph, etc. … 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 the four lane … Continue reading

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Fund it, build it, reader says

On Monday, Street Smarts asked readers for ideas on ways to unravel Santa Cruz County’s gridlock. Many suggestions came in. Here are the traffic congestion busting thoughts of Robert Hull: Solving today’s traffic problems requires updating many parts of our … Continue reading

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Universal Grapevine

Don’t forget to tune into Bruce Bratton’s Universal Grapevine show, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 on KZSC 88.1 FM. The show is broadcast live online at http://www.kzsc.org/. We’ll talk about all things traffic and Street Smarts related, including how I … 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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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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