.Santa Cruz in Photos: Highway 1 Improvement Work Continues

Work continues on a seven-mile project to resurface Highway 1 from the fish hook to north Aptos.

The night work also includes upgrades to Americans with Disabilities (ADA) ramps, bridge rail replacement at the fish hook and Ocean Street bridges, improvements to electrical systems, bridge deck treatments, and the replacement of concrete barriers.

Caltrans spokesperson Colin Jones said 46 curb ramp locations throughout the Santa Cruz area are being reconstructed to meet the current ADA standard. These curb ramps are being installed to provide safe mobility for people with disabilities.

Additionally, the project will install 32 Accessible Pedestrian Signals, or audible signals to help people who are visually impaired. These are going in at Morrissey Avenue, Soquel Drive, Bay Avenue and Porter Street, Park Avenue, and State Park Drive—six overcrossings on Highway 1 have ADA improvements.

Construction is primarily overnight from Sunday night through Friday morning, weather dependent.  The contractor for the $23 million project is Granite Construction of Watsonville. It is more than 75% complete and scheduled to be done by fall.

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  1. This nightly construction is so noisy and impossible to sleep through. It is infuriating that it was approved to be done at night. Gotta pad those budgets, who cares if residents are sleep deprived?


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Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.
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