Public Comment Period on Highway 1 Auxiliary Lane Project Draft Environmental Impact Report Now Open

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission and Caltrans released the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (DEIR/EA) for the proposed Highway 1 Auxiliary Lane Project from State Park to Bay/Porter today. The 45-day public review and comment period is open through Jan. 11, 2021.

The proposed project includes construction of auxiliary lanes, implementation of bus-on-shoulder operations, replacement of the Capitola Avenue overcrossing to include new bicycle/pedestrian facilities, construction of a new bicycle and pedestrian overcrossing at Mar Vista Drive, and installation of sound walls. The DEIR/EA identifies the project’s potential impacts and potential avoidance, minimization and mitigation measures.

A virtual public hearing will be held to provide the public with the opportunity to learn more about the project and submit comments before a final design is selected.

Virtual Public Hearing
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020
Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Place: Link to virtual meeting is located at

Written comments may also be submitted by mail to Lara Bertaina, Department of Transportation, 50 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA, or by email to All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2021.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment is available at