A Highway 17 on-ramp from Mt. Hermon Road in Scotts Valley.
A Highway 17 on-ramp from Mt. Hermon Road in Scotts Valley.
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Crews complete $19 million in upgrades to Highway 17 between Scotts Valley, Santa Clara County line

Construction crews have completed $19 million in upgrades to a six-mile stretch of Highway 17 between Scotts Valley and the Santa Clara County line, Caltrans announced in a news release Tuesday.

The project — begun in January 2019 — focused on upgrading the pavement and guardrails, installing more visible lane markings, widening shoulders and improving local street and driveway intersections. Most of the work was completed during the overnight hours when traffic on the highway was at its lowest.

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About $2 million in funding for the project came from SB 1, also known as the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

“We’re excited to finish another major SB 1 project that improves the road for the 65,000 motorists who travel this key route daily between Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin.

Another project that is partially funded through the Road Repair and Accountability Act is a seven-mile stretch on Highway 1 from Aptos to Santa Cruz. Caltrans says the preventative maintenance on this stretch of highway is also expected to be completed this spring.