A project will add turn lanes, bike lanes and other features at Highway 1 and Highway 9 in Santa Cruz. (Patrick Riley — Santa Cruz Local)

Turn lanes, sidewalks and other features are expected to be added at Highway 1 and Highway 9 in Santa Cruz. (City of Santa Cruz)

Last updated: March 15, 2022

Project name: Highway 1 and River Street project

Location: Highway 1 and Highway 9 (River Street) in Santa Cruz

Description: Work crews will widen the intersection at Highway 1 and Highway 9, add vehicle turn lanes, bicycle lanes and shoulders. Planning for the project has taken decades, transportation leaders have said. New lighting, green painted bike lanes, sidewalks and ramps are expected in the project, according to the City of Santa Cruz’s Public Works projects page. City leaders and Caltrans developed the intersection improvement plan.

Timeline: Graniterock Construction, a contractor, is expected to finish the project in July 2022. 

Cost: The project is expected to cost about $6 million. Money comes from local developer fees, gas taxes and state and federal grants, according to a city of Santa Cruz statement

Updates: During the week of March 11, 2022, sidewalk work was done on the southeast quadrant of the project. Contour grading continued and ongoing work includes electrical contractor trenching, placing conduits and making tie-ins with the existing traffic control system, a Santa Cruz city spokeswoman said. New signal poles will be placed in the next few weeks.

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