Hwy 9 Plan

Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Complete Streets Corridor Plan

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Check out the final Hwy 9/SLV Complete Streets Corridor Plan (6/27/19)

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Current Activities:

  • Final Plan: The final Highway 9/SLV Complete Streets Corridor Plan was received by the RTC at its June 27, 2019 meeting. The RTC updated the Highway 9/SLV Complete Streets Corridor Plan, integrating community input and comments that were received on the draft plan.
  • Implementation: The RTC is working in partnership with Caltrans, the County, Santa Cruz METRO and stakeholders to facilitate implementation of priority projects and concepts identified in the plan. The RTC has requested that Caltrans implement near-term safety modifications along Highway 9 and to provide frequent progress updates. County Public Works has installed signage alerting pedestrians and bicyclists to the Fall Creek/Farmer St/Cooper St alternative route and the Clearview Pl/Farmer St/Cooper St route. At the November 7, 2019 RTC meeting, the commission will vote on funding $15k of pothole filling and other resurfacing on Farmer St to make it a better route for bikes/peds. Farmer St is a public bike/ped easement down a private road in need of maintenance.
  • Next Steps: Caltrans is working on two PIDs (Program Initiation Documents) which are the next step towards implementation of some of the proposed projects in the corridor. The first is for the segment between Kirby St and the 3-school campus in Felton and is funded by Caltrans; the second is a high-level Complete Streets initiation document for the entire SLV project corridor and is funded by the RTC.
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Plan Overview

RTC worked with the community to prepare a complete streets plan for Highway 9 and connecting county roads through San Lorenzo Valley (SLV). The plan identifies, prioritizes, and will facilitate implementation of some of the most critical and cost effective transportation projects in the corridor. 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 focuses 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. Highway 9 is owned by Caltrans, the state Department of Transportation.

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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.

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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 was 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:

  • Builds on past public input and planning activities
  • Documents existing conditions
  • Identifies infrastructure gaps
  • Answers questions about what can be done within Caltrans’ right-of-way
  • Provides data, evaluation, analysis, and public deliberation to make informed decisions
  • Prioritizes 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.
    • The near-term budget for 2019-2021 includes $30,000 for crosswalks, $250,000 for preliminary scope and engineering of near-term projects, and $1,000,000 to initiate work and use as match for future grants for a pathway to the southern entrance of the SLV tri-school campus.

This corridor-specific plan will be a stepping stone to secure funding for priority investments and will 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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Corridor Plan

The Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Complete Streets Corridor Plan is available below.

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Public Outreach/Get Involved

The Highway 9/SLV Corridor Plan is a community-based plan. 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 and final plan.

The final plan was updated based on comments received on the draft plan. Input that was received on the draft plan at the public hearing or via emails, letters, surveys, and at open houses are online here and summarized in Appendix D. Comments on the draft plan were due February 15, 2019.

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

flyer for open housesOutreach during plan development 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) was 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. Implementation of priorities identified in the plan will involve continued partnership between Caltrans, the County of Santa Cruz, RTC and the community.

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

Brianna Goodman
Transportation Planner
(831) 460-3200