Highway 17 closures, tree clearing to continue through April

Cars headed down Highway 17 from Scotts Valley into Santa Cruz.
(Chris Fusco / Lookout Santa Cruz)

More tree clearing work is on the way, as commuters between Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley can expect daytime delays on Highway 17 through the month of April.

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Highway 17 commuters between Santa Cruz County and Silicon Valley can expect more delays in April as Caltrans District 4 work crews continue to clear fallen and damaged trees impacted by the region’s winter storms.

Starting Monday, Caltrans will close the far right lanes on southbound Highway 17 between Bear Creek Road, by the Lexington Reservoir in Los Gatos, and Summit Road, near the Santa Cruz-Santa Clara county line. The northbound far right lane is tentatively scheduled to be closed starting midweek, according to a Caltrans news release. The closure will occur daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will last through Friday.

A second closure is scheduled for the following week, also from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. It will span the section of highway from Summit Road to the Blossom Hill Road overcrossing in Los Gatos.

All daytime work is scheduled to be completed by Friday, April 28.

Overnight road work will follow the April daytime tree clearing.

Beginning Monday and running until July, Caltrans will close one northbound and one southbound lane between Hebard Road, also next to the Lexington Reservoir, and the Highway 17-Highway 9 interchange for repaving, striping and guardrail repair. The agency says those closures will run Monday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.


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