Highway 9 closure means more traffic,...

Highway 9 closure means more traffic, unpredictable business

There are 48 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Jun 19, 2010, titled Highway 9 closure means more traffic, unpredictable business. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Sandwich-makers at the New Leaf Community Market deli are making many more house specials since Highway 9 closed earlier this month.

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Alive and Well in Felton

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#44 Jun 19, 2010
just a thought wrote:
as far as yuppies in Boulder Creek, all I ever see there are loggers and teenagers cause they don't even have a fun, safe place to hang out. They can't go to Santa Cruz cause there's gang bangers all over the place. I don't know how long you've been here but you're one of those whose head is in the sand and obviously likes it down there.
Guess we all have our opinions about what a long time is, as well as what we perceive as reality. Suffice it to say that my experience of the area is and has been different than yours. And you can have the last word. Bye bye :-)
Laura

Santa Cruz, CA

#45 Jun 20, 2010
OMG wrote:
It used to take me 20 minutes to get home at 5:30 from work in Scotts Valley to Boulder Creek. Now with the Hwy 9 closure it takes 35 minutes. Such a drag after working all day to have a longer sit in traffic. Why does it take 5 months to build a wall?
I'm REALLY surprised it would add this much time. Presumably it's the same number of people from Felton to BC, so you're saying it's that snarled at the Graham Hill/Mt Herman intersection? You might think about taking West Zayante.

Since: Jul 09

Santa Cruz, CA

#46 Jun 20, 2010
Big Basin State Park receives 950,000 visitors/vacationers a year. What is the cost v. benefit analysis for such projects that turn away volume income when it could be done in Spring time? This road has been left unrepaired since 2006. How is summer closure justified? Why not stage one project after the other ends?

Astonishingly, TWO closures occur on Highway 9 AT THE SAME TIME, during the same 3-6 months at opposite ends of highway 9! Both routes are the only highway access taking most of the million visitors into our outstanding Big Basin State coast redwood park, visitors spending millions in San Lorenzo Valley. Our County supervisors thought this was a good plan for the Valley businesses? Both huge projects don’t have a schedule? These are monolith projects, without community involvement, are botched planning catastrophes answerable to no authority.

The other Highway 9 closure happens on the north end. I drove by it yesterday, and it looks like a billion dollar construction/demo /installation new technology plan – something named “PROJECT LIGHTSPEED” by AT&T. The high tech installation site(s) seem ready along 9 after highway 35 from Saratoga towards Boulder Creek on Big Basin 9 (blocking 236) I saw hundreds of huge equipment trucks, water trucks, hitches, everything imaginable crammed along the highway.“Project Lightspeed” in other municipalities across America have been fighting the installing millions of DSLAM (wireless) stations on the side of the road. They are Ugly, huge and often explode build up hydrogen/magnetic power junctions. I have heard NOTHING about this project from any government, regulator or service provider. WHAT IS GOING ON?

After an entire year of PG&E, Davey’s and Asplund’s alleged “tree trimming” and pole replacing projects attack on San Lorenzo Valley now un-scenic roads; at the same time Supervisors' approval over 3000 acres of residential properties’ zone changing to accommodate TPZ logging (flush w/ dense residential communities in boulder creek)– we the valley residents must conclude the supervisors have traded our communities' quality of life to accommodate industries needs that will remain us BLIGHTED. How corruption occurred fast here.

Why is a fire chief thinking there will be some fire storm?? He is “working with law enforcement”“ if a catastrophic wildfire should strike”, suspecting locals will use the “back roads” away from IT. THERE IS ONLY ONE HIGHWAY TO ESCAPE FIRE on…… where most Valley residents live, and BOTH ENDS ARE CLOSED! I would like to view the actual escape plan proposal BEFORE road closures.

The fact that many small businesses will be affected for the next 10 years, the fact that many redwoods removed has created current fire danger for the next 100 years – it places us either broke or homeless very soon. SLV has NO REPRESENTATION, No supervisor lives here, thus no protection.

“Part of Highway 9 to close for summer” article 05/20/2010 “the lack of drive-by traffic traveling north from Santa Cruz will mean a drop in customers. At Fern River Resort, owner Dan Martin said drive-by customers make up about 10 percent of his business. " all of our drive through traffic for those months and all the potential return customers for the next six to 10 years are all going to be gone.” http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_15332441...
Not Sure

Austin, TX

#47 Jun 20, 2010
coiltesla3 wrote:
Big Basin State Park receives 950,000 visitors/vacationers a year. What is the cost v. benefit analysis for such projects that turn away volume income when it could be done in Spring time? This road has been left unrepaired since 2006. How is summer closure justified? Why not stage one project after the other ends?
Astonishingly, TWO closures occur on Highway 9 AT THE SAME TIME, during the same 3-6 months at opposite ends of highway 9! Both routes are the only highway access taking most of the million visitors into our outstanding Big Basin State coast redwood park, visitors spending millions in San Lorenzo Valley. Our County supervisors thought this was a good plan for the Valley businesses? Both huge projects don’t have a schedule? These are monolith projects, without community involvement, are botched planning catastrophes answerable to no authority.
The other Highway 9 closure happens on the north end. I drove by it yesterday, and it looks like a billion dollar construction/demo /installation new technology plan – something named “PROJECT LIGHTSPEED” by AT&T. The high tech installation site(s) seem ready along 9 after highway 35 from Saratoga towards Boulder Creek on Big Basin 9 (blocking 236) I saw hundreds of huge equipment trucks, water trucks, hitches, everything imaginable crammed along the highway.“Project Lightspeed” in other municipalities across America have been fighting the installing millions of DSLAM (wireless) stations on the side of the road. They are Ugly, huge and often explode build up hydrogen/magnetic power junctions. I have heard NOTHING about this project from any government, regulator or service provider. WHAT IS GOING ON?
After an entire year of PG&E, Davey’s and Asplund’s alleged “tree trimming” and pole replacing projects attack on San Lorenzo Valley now un-scenic roads; at the same time Supervisors' approval over 3000 acres of residential properties’ zone changing to accommodate TPZ logging (flush w/ dense residential communities in boulder creek)– we the valley residents must conclude the supervisors have traded our communities' quality of life to accommodate industries needs that will remain us BLIGHTED. How corruption occurred fast here.
Why is a fire chief thinking there will be some fire storm?? He is “working with law enforcement”“ if a catastrophic wildfire should strike”, suspecting locals will use the “back roads” away from IT. THERE IS ONLY ONE HIGHWAY TO ESCAPE FIRE on…… where most Valley residents live, and BOTH ENDS ARE CLOSED! I would like to view the actual escape plan proposal BEFORE road closures.
The fact that many small businesses will be affected for the next 10 years, the fact that many redwoods removed has created current fire danger for the next 100 years – it places us either broke or homeless very soon. SLV has NO REPRESENTATION, No supervisor lives here, thus no protection.
“Part of Highway 9 to close for summer” article 05/20/2010 “the lack of drive-by traffic traveling north from Santa Cruz will mean a drop in customers. At Fern River Resort, owner Dan Martin said drive-by customers make up about 10 percent of his business. " all of our drive through traffic for those months and all the potential return customers for the next six to 10 years are all going to be gone.” http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_15332441...
Not sure if the road should close or not. But I hope Dan Martin considers an advertising campaign of some kind that will help increase his business for the 10% the road closure is costing him.

I plan on staying there next winter and would even if the lower part of Hwy 9 was closed and I had to come in the other way.
Not Sure

Austin, TX

#48 Jun 20, 2010
Not sure if they could have picked a better time or not, but I hope Dan Martin considers an advertising campaign to help increase business the 10% the road closure is costing him.

I plan on staying there, road closure or not, myself.
JJJ

Vallejo, CA

#49 Jun 20, 2010
Mt Hermon Rd to 17 in Scotts Valley, or Graham Hill to Simms to 17 is faster than the lower stretch of 9, any day, any time. 9 from Henry Cowell to River St is a real scenic drive, for sure, but its the slow way. Its great on a motorcycle, cruising through those tunnels of trees at a relaxed but brisk pace.
bikerscum

San Jose, CA

#50 Jun 22, 2010
JJJ wrote:
Mt Hermon Rd to 17 in Scotts Valley, or Graham Hill to Simms to 17 is faster than the lower stretch of 9, any day, any time. 9 from Henry Cowell to River St is a real scenic drive, for sure, but its the slow way. Its great on a motorcycle, cruising through those tunnels of trees at a relaxed but brisk pace.
Shhhhh. Don't tell anybody about how nice it is on a bike! Yep, the other routes ARE a lot faster. You all should go those ways!
hiram

Santa Cruz, CA

#51 Jun 23, 2010
JJJ wrote:
Mt Hermon Rd to 17 in Scotts Valley, or Graham Hill to Simms to 17 is faster than the lower stretch of 9, any day, any time. 9 from Henry Cowell to River St is a real scenic drive, for sure, but its the slow way. Its great on a motorcycle, cruising through those tunnels of trees at a relaxed but brisk pace.
but you have to drive through scotts valley. i'd rather wade up the river and dodge septic spew and needles!

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