RTC Seeks Public Input on Aesthetic Design Elements for the Highway 1 Auxiliary Lanes, Bus-on-Shoulder, and Coastal Rail Trail Segment 12 Project

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission is hosting a community open house to obtain public input on concepts for aesthetic design elements for the Highway 1 Auxiliary Lanes, Bus-on-Shoulder Facility (State Park Drive to Freedom Boulevard) & Coastal Rail Trail Segment 12 project. The open house is on Dec. 5, 2023, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Rio Sands Hotel, 116 Aptos Beach Drive in Aptos.

The proposed project will include multimodal improvements including enhancing traffic and safety operations on Highway 1, auxiliary lanes and a bus-on-shoulder facilities, and Segment 12 of the Coastal Rail Trail providing 1.2 miles of bicycle and pedestrian trail. There are many highway and rail trail infrastructure assets that are being considered for aesthetic elements to effectively blend with the character of the town of Aptos, such as retaining walls, soundwalls, bicycle/pedestrian bridges, fencing, landscaping, and public art.

The open house will provide information about the design inspiration and illustrations for some of the aesthetic concepts, as well as an overall project update. Additionally, community members can attend to share their feedback on the aesthetic design elements and learn how they can stay involved in the project. 

To learn more and stay up to date, visit the project website at www.bit.ly/StatePark-FreedomBlvd.

Community Open House
Date: Dec. 5, 2023 (in-person)
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Place: Rio Sands Hotel, 116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos