Driving a commercial truck through Santa Cruz County? Know the rules before you get on the road! The Legal Truck Access Branch within the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) oversees size and weight issues for legal, non-permitted trucks so that large trucks may travel legally and safely on State highways.
Not sure on which routes your truck may legally travel? Use the Caltrans Quick Guide to determine your truck category and find state and local routes on which your vehicle is allowed.
There are approximately 20 State route segments with specific truck restrictions throughout California, including number of axles, gross weight, length, and cargo type (e.g. flammables, explosives, radioactive materials). Highway 152 between Watsonville and Gilroy is the only State route in Santa Cruz County with these special restrictions. There are NO special route restrictions for Highway 17. View the California Truck Network Map for more details (Santa Cruz County is part of District 5).
Find more information, including the list of State routes with special restrictions and the legal basis for route restrictions and the restriction process, on the Caltrans Legal Truck Access webpage.