Santa Cruz Mountains road condition updateColumn: Julie Horner Government Local News 

Santa Cruz Mountain road updates

From Jason Hoppin, Communications Manager, County of Santa Cruz – January 26, 2017

Just wanted to give everyone an update on local storm damage. More than 70 county roads have been damaged during winter storms so far this year, with the total estimated in the $12-15 million range (local cities and the Harbor suffered several million more in damages). Many are minor inconveniences that can be cleared quickly (Love Creek, for example, is passable though we still have additional work to do up there), but some are longer-term projects. In many of these cases, the County is working with both state and federal agencies to fund repairs. Congressman Jimmy Panetta visited the County last week to inspect damage, and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo was up in the San Lorenzo Valley today. We will have updates as more information becomes available:

Nelson Road – Road washout and road is impassable to all forms of traffic. Alternative route established through Mission Springs Conference Center for local residents only. Bypass hours 6 a.m.- 9 p.m. The County is exploring a temporary bridge crossing at this location.

Cabrillo College Drive – Road slipout near Rosemary Court. Road passable but down to one lane with temporary stop signs in place. Please exercise caution when travelling through the area.
Upper Zayante Drive – Rockslide and undermined road in the Narrows area near Upper Ellen Drive. County geologist is currently assessing when the rockslide can be removed. No ETA on restoration.
Valencia Road – Closed between Trout Gulch Road and Aptos School Road. The road conditions are dangerous and a culvert carrying Trout Gulch Creek needs to be assessed for safety, which is ongoing. Unsafe for all forms of traffic. Alternative route includes Valencia Road via Freedom Boulevard. No current ETA for opening the road, but expect the closure to last a minimum of two weeks.

Bear Creek Road – Road slipouts at post-miles .2 and 8.02. Road is down to one lane at both locations, but passable. Please exercise caution when traveling through impacted areas – only one car through the stop signs at a time, please. The County is actively working with federal and state agencies on possible repairs, which are preliminarily estimated at $1.5 million. No ETA on a return to two-lane travel.

Lompico Road – Large slide including trees between Carroll Avenue and Lake Boulevard. County hopes to have one lane open soon, with return to two lanes the week of January 30.
Hazel Dell Road – Numerous issues including trees and flooding. The road is undermined near post mile 2.08. Road is currently passable, but alternative routes includes Browns Valley Road and Green Valley Road.

Thanks for everyone’s patience. At least we have a few days of sun coming up.

Photo by Julie Horner

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