Public Comment Wanted on Draft Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Complete Streets Corridor Plan

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) released the draft Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Complete Streets Corridor Plan today. The draft plan identifies, evaluates and prioritizes the most critical and cost-effective transportation improvements along the San Lorenzo Valley’s primary travel corridor.

Highway 9 is the economic center for the towns of Felton, Ben Lomond, Brookdale, and Boulder Creek, and serves as a main thoroughfare for pedestrians and bicyclists to access schools, libraries, parks, commercial areas and homes. It is also an interregional arterial connecting Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz. However, significant transportation deficiencies have been identified along the corridor, and this comprehensive plan was developed to prioritize transportation investments that address some of these issues.

Prepared by the RTC, and consultants Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. and Trail People, in partnership with Caltrans, Santa Cruz METRO, and the County of Santa Cruz, this “Complete Streets” plan identifies projects to improve safety and mobility for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists; improve access to schools, businesses, residences, and transit; improve traffic operations; maintain existing facilities; and address other transportation needs throughout the corridor.

Once finalized, the Complete Streets Corridor Plan will be used to guide and coordinate transportation investments along Highway 9. It will serve as a resource for Caltrans, County Public Works, County Planning, the RTC, San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District, residents and businesses to use to improve this important transportation corridor.

Extensive public outreach was done to solicit community and stakeholder input during development of the draft plan. Over 400 people provided input over the past two years on transportation priorities for the San Lorenzo Valley through an online survey, community meetings, and focus groups.

Community members are encouraged to now provide input on the draft plan. The RTC will hold two informational open houses to get community input to prioritize implementation of a range of identified projects along the corridor. All members of the community are invited to attend these meetings.

  • Thursday, Jan. 31, 6-7:30 p.m., Felton Community Hall, 6191 Highway 9, Felton
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6-7:30 p.m., Boulder Creek Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room, 400 W. Lomond St., Boulder Creek

Comments on the draft plan can also be submitted via an online comment form (www.sccrtc.org/slvplan), via email to slvplan@sccrtc.org, or mailed to the RTC at 1523 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060. All comments must be received by Feb. 15, 2019 for consideration during the development of the final corridor plan document.

Can’t make it to the open houses or the public hearing? Give your input on priority projects through the online survey.

RTC staff will present the Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Complete Streets Corridor Plan to the RTC Board during its meeting on Feb. 7, 2019, which begins at 9 a.m. at the Scotts Valley City Council Chambers, 1 Civic Center Dr., Scotts Valley.

The draft Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Complete Streets Corridor Plan is available on the RTC website at www.sccrtc.org/slvplan.