Hwy 9 Plan

Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Complete Streets Corridor Plan

NEW  Draft Plan Document (Comments due February 15, 2019)

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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.

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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, 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 complete Draft Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Complete Streets Corridor Plan is available below

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Public Outreach/Get Involved

The RTC is seeking community input on the Draft Highway 9/SLV Plan. Written comments are due February 15, 2019.

  • Open Houses on draft plan:
    • January 31, 2019 from 6:00-7:30pm at the Felton Community Hall, 6191 Hwy 9, Felton
    • February 6, 2019 from 6:00-7:30pm at the Boulder Creek Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room, 400 W. Lomond St., Boulder Creek
  • Presentation on draft plan at RTC board meeting February 7
  • Written comments can be submitted via an online comment form, or via email to: slvplan@sccrtc.org with the subject: “Hwy 9/SLV Plan Comments”, or by postal mail to the RTC office, 1523 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.
  • 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 calling 831-460-3200
  • To report urgent maintenance, signage or other challenges on Highway 9 – fill out the Caltrans Customer Service Request form: https://csr.dot.ca.gov/

San Lorenzo Valley residents, businesses, community groups, parents and school administrators regularly express concerns about Highway 9. Meetings held since 2013 have accentuated the need for a comprehensive plan. Building upon past public outreach efforts, the project team gathered input throughout development of the draft plan from community members, including organizations who serve low-income individuals and families, monolingual Spanish speakers, seniors, persons with disabilities, and youth throughout development of the plan using a range of collaborative activities, including surveys, community meetings, and grassroots outreach. Input provided on the draft plan will be used to finalize the plan.

  • Past outreach:
    • Community Open House held on May 31, 2017 at the Felton Community Hall (6191 Hwy 9, Felton) on the Phase 1 report.
    • Initial kick-off meeting with the community was held on October 11, 2016 at the SLV Performing Arts Complex, on SLV High campus.
    • Over a dozen meetings with SLVUSD, community groups, and focus groups throughout study development.
    • Surveys: hundreds of community members helped identify transportation challenge areas and provided input on what types of projects might make sense for improving transportation in San Lorenzo Valley (SLV) at community meetings and through an online survey in 2017. The community also provided input on the Draft Phase 1 Report  which included specific ideas previously identified by residents.
    • School survey soliciting input from students, parents, and staff at the San Lorenzo Valley schools summer 2018.

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Plan Development/Major Milestones

  • Define Goals, Objectives and Evaluation Criteria: Early on, the public helped establish draft goals and objectives for the corridor. Evaluation criteria, based on goals and objectives, will be used to analyze and prioritize a range of investment options to address deficiencies and goals for the corridor.
  • Corridor Travel Analysis and Needs Assessment: Includes review of existing and projected future conditions, identification of multimodal projects (investment options) that would advance goals and objectives, including improve access, mobility, safety, and operations.
  • Evaluation and Prioritization of Investment Options: Includes identification of potential funding sources, metrics to evaluate the degree to which different projects address issues and advance goals for the corridor, and development of a prioritized list of short-term and mid-term projects that are reasonable to implement in consideration of financial realities.
  • Corridor Plan: The plan is expected to reflect community consensus on investment priorities. The RTC is seeking public input on the draft plan in January 17 to February 15, 2019.

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Project Team

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

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

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RTC Contact

Rachel Moriconi
Senior Transportation Planner
info@sccrtc.org
(831) 460-3200