Two Lane Traffic Next Week Along Highway 9 Construction Project Near Brookdale
A construction project to extend the Sidehill Viaduct and to provide permanent restoration of a section of State Highway 9, damaged during the 2016-2017 rainy season, is set to re-open to two lanes of traffic, one in each direction by the end of the day on Friday, August 5.
This project is located on Highway 9 between Boulder Creek and Ben Lomond, in the community of Brookdale, and just south of Western Avenue. The roadway has been under signalized one-way traffic control since March 1.
On Monday, August 1, k-rail will be removed and the roadway will be grinded in preparation for final paving next Tuesday. The roadway surface will be rough from the grinding until this paving operation is complete. During this phase of the project, the work zone will remain closed to the public with travelers using one 15-foot lane. Signalized one-way traffic control will be active to allow for dike installation and shoulder backing to be completed Wednesday through Friday. By the end of Friday, August 5, the temporary signal will be covered but not yet removed. Temporary striping will be installed followed by a re-opening of two lanes.
Travelers can expect delays up to 10 minutes next week. Emergency vehicles and bicyclists will be able to pass through the project area. Message and directional signs will be in place to assist travelers in the area.
The remaining work is expected to be completed during the daytime over the next few weeks using a northbound shoulder closure or manual one-way traffic control. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of September 2022.
The contractor for this $1.74 million project is Gordon N. Ball Inc., of Alamo, CA.
Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.
For traffic updates on other state highways in Santa Cruz County, travelers may contact Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website.