Santa Cruz Mountain Communities

May 06, 2019

Santa Cruz Mountain Communities

Sacramento, CA—(May 6, 2019) Commuters will soon see several major revitalization projects to State Route 17 (SR-17). With the passage of SB 1 legislation, authored by Sen. Beall in 2017, funds are now available for road safety and improvement projects along the critical SR-17 that connects communities in high-risk fire areas to San Jose. In addition, other community safety programs will also receive SB 1 funds.

Beginning as soon as this fall, Caltrans will begin various projects in the SR-17 corridor from Hwy 280 in San Jose all the way through to Santa Cruz County. This will include a major traffic safety enhancement project, a pavement rehabilitation project, multiple wildlife crossings as well as massive vegetation controls in conjunction with CalFire & the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

“Road safety is one reason why I fought for SB 1. We need to reduce vehicle accidents along this particular stretch of highway,” said Sen. Beall. “Ensuring our roads are in top condition for fire and rescue crews at all times should be a top priority,” continued Beall.

Specifics on these safety projects funded largely through SB-1 are as follows:

  • Caltrans has programmed a pavement rehabilitation project on SR 85 from Hebard Road in Los Gatos to Interstate 280. The projects capitol cost is $30 million and extend to begin construction in June 2020.
  • An Expedited Traffic safety enhancement project on SR 17-  from Santa Cruz County line to Alma College Road, to begin Jan 2021-end Oct 2021, this project will improve sight distances and have maintenance crews improve vegetation control where needed:
    • Pavement restoration in both directions include high friction surface treatment to improve traction on wet pavement
    • Dynamic speed feedback signs to increase motorists’ awareness of speed limit
    • Curve ahead warnings signs with flashing beacons in both directions to increase motorists awareness of the highway alignment
    • An electronic variable message sign in the northbound direction just before the Summit Road overcrossing. Alert northbound traffic on conditions ahead
    • Enhanced striping and right edge line ruble strips in both directions to the 2.8miles including the Moody Curve
    • Safety lighting, overhead warning signs with flashing beacons, guardrail systems, and channelizing devices at various locations within the project limits.