RTC to Host Community Workshop to Gain Input on Draft Concepts to Improve Highway 9/SLV Schools Circulation & Access

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) in partnership with the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District (SLVUSD), County of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Metro, and Caltrans will host two workshops to gain valuable community input on draft engineering concepts for transportation solutions along Highway 9 as part of the San Lorenzo Valley Schools Circulation & Access Study (Study). A virtual workshop will take place on Nov. 2 from 6-7:00 p.m. on Zoom. An in-person workshop will take place on Nov. 3 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Felton Community Hall, 6191 Highway 9 in Felton.

The Study seeks to improve access to the San Lorenzo Valley High School, Middle School, and Elementary School (SLV Schools), and traffic safety and operations along Highway 9. The Study is building upon the 2019 Highway 9/San Lorenzo Valley Complete Streets Corridor Plan (SLV Plan) that was completed in 2019 to help coordinate and prioritize transportation investments for this important corridor. The plan identified the Highway 9 corridor adjacent to and the circulation within the SLV Schools Complex as a top priority in need of dedicated active transportation facilities, improved access to transit, and optimized vehicle throughput.

The Study area covers Highway 9 between the southern intersection of Glen Arbor Road and Graham Hill Road and includes site access and circulation at the three SLV schools. Based on data collected and past community input from engagement activities, initial engineering concepts to improve circulation in and around the SLV Schools Complex have been drafted and include pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and operational improvements.

Interested community members are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming workshops to learn more about the transportation solutions developed, and to provide input to help refine the draft concepts. The in-person workshop will have the maximum opportunity to interface with the entire project team, and collaborate with fellow community members while responding to the draft concepts.

For the Zoom link, more information, or updates, visit https://sccrtc.org/slvplan.