Highway 1 improvements under way

Major highway work is underway along Highway 1 between Aptos and Highway 9 in Santa Cruz, including this center median work near 41st Avenue in Capitola. — Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY – A project to resurface Highway 1 from the north Aptos undercrossing to the junction with Highway 9 in Santa Cruz is well under way, with much of the work taking place at night.

The project, which began June 3, 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.

The installation of construction signs began last month and was followed by the beginning of concrete barrier replacement. Resurfacing of the highway is expected to begin next year.

The center median work taking place between north Aptos and Branciforte Drive calls for the demolition and removal of previous concrete center divides and their replacement.

“This is a highly trafficked area and we need to upgrade,” said Susana Cruz, public information officer for Caltrans District 5. “Motorists should use caution when traveling through these construction zones.”

Work to create ADA ramps in 46 locations at on- and off-ramps on Highway 1 includes sites along Highway 1 at Morrissey Boulevard, Ocean Street, State Park, Soquel Avenue and Drive, Porter Street and 41st Avenue.

Construction will take place each week Sunday night through Friday morning from 9 p.m. to no later than 6 a.m. Motorists will encounter intermittent closures of the Hwy. 1/17 connector ramps. Caltrans will announce in advance when the ramps closures will occur.

Electronic message boards will be activated to advise travelers about this roadwork. 

The contractor for this $22 million project is Granite Construction of Watsonville.

“This project is expected to be complete by the end of 2020,” Cruz said.

For lane closure information about the project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Santa Cruz County, call the District 5 at 423-0396 or visit www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#scr.

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