SANTA CRUZ COUNTY – A full closure of Hwy. 236 to make permanent repairs to damage caused by winter storms will go into effect starting Monday May 8 at 8 am. Lower Highway 236 will be closed approximately 7 miles north of its junction with Hwy. 9 in Boulder Creek. Message and directional signs have been placed to alert travelers in advance of this closure.
Travelers intent on reaching Big Basin Redwoods State Park will travel to where Upper Hwy. 236 connects with Hwy. 9 at Waterman Gap and will continue south to reach the Park entrance.
This closure is expected to remain in place until mid-June. Updates on a more precise opening date will be provided as work progresses.
Two locations of highway settlement occurred on Hwy. 9 between postmiles 7.1 and 7.3 as a result of winter storms. Minor paving was performed to correct the road on a temporary basis to allow the highway to reopen. However, cracking has now appeared at the temporary repair location. Crews will construct a geo-reinforced embankment as part of a permanent repair.