Hwy 9 Plan

Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Complete Streets Corridor Plan

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Draft Plan Document

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Current Activities:

  • The project team is working to incorporate community input and comments that were submitted into the final plan.
  • Sign Up for Hwy 9/SLV Plan updates

Plan Overview

RTC is working with the community to prepare a complete streets plan for Highway 9 and connecting county roads through San Lorenzo Valley (SLV). The plan will identify, prioritize, and enable implementation of the most critical and cost effective transportation projects. This mountainous roadway serves as the “Main Street” and economic center for the towns of Felton, Ben Lomond, Brookdale, and Boulder Creek and as an interregional arterial connecting Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz. The plan will focus on safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists; access to schools, businesses, and bus stops; traffic operations, pavement conditions, drainage and other needs in this important travel corridor. [printable Fact Sheet]

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Plan Area 

This transportation planning effort focuses on the section of Highway 9 that connects the towns of Felton, Ben Lomond, Brookdale, and Boulder Creek and parallel and connecting streets, roadways, and paths. Areas beyond the focus area are also considered in the plan, but not the focus of the plan.

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Why is this plan needed?

A comprehensive multimodal transportation needs assessment and evaluation of a range of options to address transportation challenges is needed to identify and prioritize transportation investments for this important corridor, especially since state, federal, and local revenues are severely constrained. This comprehensive plan for Highway 9 through San Lorenzo Valley will:

  • Build on past public input and planning activities
  • Document existing conditions
  • Identify infrastructure gaps
  • Answer questions about what can be done within Caltrans’ right-of-way
  • Provide data, evaluation, analysis, and public deliberation to make informed decisions
  • Prioritize transportation projects that can be implemented in the short and mid-term to address transportation challenges on the corridor.Measure D logo
  • Measure D, which was approved by voters in November 2016, includes $10 million specifically earmarked for high priority transportation projects along the Highway 9 corridor.

This corridor-specific plan will be a stepping stone to securing funding for priority investments and provide a framework for partnering with Caltrans to implement investments that promote complete streets, implement sustainable communities strategies, and improve multi-modal access, connectivity, safety, security, system preservation, economic vitality and environmental quality. The plan includes conceptual complete street designs and will be used to facilitate subsequent design, environmental review and construction of improvements.

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Draft Plan

The Draft Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Complete Streets Corridor Plan is available below. Comments on the draft plan were due February 15, 2019. The project team is working to incorporate community input and comments into the final document.

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Public Outreach/Get Involved

Written comments were due February 15, 2019 on the Draft Highway 9/SLV Plan.

Community members are encouraged to stay involved in this project and sign up to receive periodic updates on the plan here: https://sccrtc.org/about/esubscriptions/, by emailing info@sccrtc.org, or by calling 831-460-3200.

Building upon past public outreach efforts, the project team gathered input from hundreds of San Lorenzo Valley residents, businesses, community groups, parents and school administrators throughout development of the draft plan at open houses and over a dozen meetings, as well as surveys focused on this plan. Input provided on the draft plan will be used to finalize the plan.flyer for open houses

Outreach has included:

  • Community open houses: Jan 31, 2019 in Felton and Feb 6 in Boulder Creek on the Draft Hwy 9 / SLV Plan; May 31, 2017 in Felton on the Phase 1 report; and October 11, 2016 at the SLV Performing Arts Complex at SLV High School.
  • Public Hearing on the Draft Plan at the Feb 7, 2019 RTC meeting.
  • Surveys: hundreds of community members helped identify transportation challenge areas and provided input on priorities and what types of projects might make sense for improving transportation in San Lorenzo Valley (SLV).

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Project Team

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC) is the lead agency preparing this plan, in partnership with Caltrans, the County of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District (METRO), residents, businesses, schools, and other stakeholders, and the consultant team of Kimley-Horn and TrailPeople.

This planning effort is funded through a Caltrans Sustainable Communities Transportation Planning Grant (FTA 5304), Measure D and other local funds.

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RTC Contact

Rachel Moriconi
Senior Transportation Planner
(831) 460-3200