Hwy 1 – Soquel/Morrissey Project Update

The following activities occurred, are underway, or are scheduled for the next few weeks:

  • Construction on the four retaining walls located in the corners of the project adjacent to the low lying areas is continuing during these dry summer months. This will provide better access to continue the slope operations. Most of the excess dirt has now been removed from the main project area between these project corners.
  • The La Fonda Bridge demolition is currently scheduled for the first week of August.  Overhead wires have been relocated by utility companies, and other utilities will be relocated in the next few weeks. Alternate routes are limited.  Please reduce auto travel, as much as possible, and allow additional travel time. The highway will be closed completely for two nights in each direction for removal of the bridge between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am.  The alternate route is via Soquel and Morrissey.  Notifications will be sent out when the exact date is known.
  • Improvements to the path between Park Avenue and La Fonda (along the edge of the Adult School) will begin in the next two weeks.  The path will be widened and repaved using a type of concrete additive from a by-product manufactured by sequestering greenhouse gas-producing Carbon Dioxide from a local power plant, thereby reducing pollution (see Calera Corporation for more information).
  • In addition, construction will begin in the next two weeks on sidewalk sections along Rooney Street between Pacheco Ave and Elk St, and Morrissey Blvd between Pacheco and San Juan Ave, using the same type of pollution-reducing concrete additive as noted above.

Speeds on the highway through the project area are now reduced to 55 MPH, with traffic fines doubled in the construction zone. Please drive safely and exercise caution in construction zones. Adjacent residents should expect noise and dust associated with the construction activity.

For Caltrans’ live camera view from Morrissey Boulevard looking northbound, click on the ‘Highway 1 East of Morrissey’ link on the RTC’s Commute Solutions Traffic Conditions webpage: http://commutesolutions.org/get-around/drive/traffic/

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is managing construction for the one-mile Highway 1 Soquel/Morrissey Auxiliary Lanes project.  For more information about the project, please visit the project webpage: http://sccrtc.org/projects/streets-highways/highway-1-aux-lanes/

Project Manager: Kim Shultz (RTC), Resident Construction Engineer: Bruce Shewchuk (Parsons Brinckerhoff)