Hwy 9 Plan

Highway 9 – San Lorenzo Valley Corridor Transportation Plan

On this page:

Current Activities:

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.

Click to enlarge map

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.

Back to Top

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 completed plan will include conceptual complete street designs and be used to facilitate subsequent design, environmental review and construction of improvements.

Back to Top

Draft Phase 1 Report for the Highway 9/SLV Corridor Plan

Check  out the Phase 1 Draft Report for the Highway 9/SLV Corridor Plan. The Phase 1 report includes Draft Goals & Objectives, Sample Project Types, and some Site Specific Ideas.

Back to Top

Public Outreach/Get Involved

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 will gather input 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.

  • Survey for SLV School Community: RTC is currently soliciting input from students, parents, and staff at the San Lorenzo Valley schools in Felton. The RTC is specifically seeking feedback on the area of Highway 9 around the schools. If you are a student, parent, or staff member, please consider taking this survey and providing your valuable input on this important community project. More surveys and opportunities to provide input will be coming later this summer for other community members.
  • Thank you to the hundreds of community members that have 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 this summer. The community also provided input on the Phase 1 Draft Report  which included specific ideas previously identified by residents
  • To report urgent maintenance, signage or other challenges on Highway 9 – fill out the Caltrans’ Customer Service Request form: https://csr.dot.ca.gov/
  • 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
  • Comments can be sent to SCCRTC: info@sccrtc.org or 1523 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.
  • Past meetings:
    • Community Workshop: Open house on May 31, 2017 at the Felton Community Hall (6191 Hwy 9, Felton).
    • An initial kick-off meeting with the community was held on October 11, 2016 at the SLV Performing Arts Complex, on SLV High campus.

Back to Top

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 draft and final plan is expected to reflect community consensus on investment priorities. The RTC will be seeking public input on the draft plan in Spring/Summer of 2018.

Back to Top

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.

Back to Top

RTC Contact

Rachel Moriconi
Senior Transportation Planner
(831) 460-3200