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Two major corridors closed to motor traffic

Modified: Monday, Feb 13th, 2017

Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian Work continues on a sagging portion of Valencia Road about a mile from Aptos Village last week.

Heavy rain due Thursday

SOQUEL Due to unsafe conditions the Public Works Department of Santa Cruz County closed Soquel-San Jose Road Monday afternoon south of Amaya Ridge Road and north of Olsen Road.

County geologists recommended closure due to a weakened roadbed at the 5.9-mile marker north of Soquel. Workers are currently assessing the issue and working on a repair plan. No date has been set for reopening the road, which is a major corridor and alternate route for accessing Summit Road and ultimately, Highway 17 to San Jose from Highway 1.

California Highway Patrol officer Trista Drake said motorists are advised to use Highway 17 or Highway 129 out of Watsonville. Highway 152 over Hecker Pass remains closed due to a mudslide. No opening date has been posted for 152.

Meanwhile, recent heavy rains weakened a 100-foot section of the heavily travelled Valencia Road in Aptos above Trout Creek. The road, a rural setting loop between Freedom Boulevard and Soquel Drive, is entirely shut down to motor traffic between Trout Gulch and Aptos School roads. No date has been set for reopening the road.

The National Weather Service said the next chance of rain comes Wednesday night. Heavy rain is being predicted for Thursday. Showers could spill into the weekend.

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