Monterey County Local News: Transportation


All Local Transportation News articles contributed by our local media allies and other local newsrooms.

Image caption: California transportation history runs from railroads to today’s car culture.
California’s History of Transportation: From Railroads to Highways

The history of transportation in California has shaped the state, from the railroads to today’s highways, making the need for planning increasingly urgent. Here’s how it all happened, and where we stand today.

Image caption: Over two weekends last October, residents of Santa Cruz and Watsonville  participated in demonstration rides aboard an electric streetcar on rails.
The ‘Rail Trail’ Movement, Explained

Thousands of miles of railroad track, including some in Santa Cruz County, now sit idle. The fate of those largely abandoned tracks has become a burning controversy.

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04/19/2024
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Sea Otter Classic is underway at Laguna Seca Recreation Area, and often-solitary trails all over Fort Ord National Monument are alive with cyclists. Look out over the rolling hills, and where you might catch a glimpse of a mountain biker…

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04/16/2024
A report on CalTrans progress on three Highway 1 landslides south of the Rocky Creek Bridge slip-out.

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04/12/2024
CalTrans is working to stabilize the slip-out of the road edge south of Rocky Creek Bridge and have a one-way signal installed by May 27.

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04/11/2024
Image for display with article titled Big Sur International Marathon Will Be Rerouted Due to Highway 1 Closure.

This year's Big Sur International Marathon will still see plenty of stunning scenery from the route along Highway 1, but will omit the southern portion and instead be an out-and-back route beginning and ending in Carmel.

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04/10/2024
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The City of Marina is known for its coastal access, diverse community and an array of international food options, but it’s missing a well-defined downtown area.

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04/10/2024
Image for display with article titled Highway 1 Convoys to Big Sur Are Canceled for Saturday, April 13, Due to Weather.

Access to and from northern Big Sur continues on guided convoys at 7am and 5pm daily to allow vehicles through a closure at Notley's Landing. The highway is closed to regular traffic due to a slip-out on Saturday, March 30,…

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04/10/2024
CalTrans is concentrating work on stabilizing the edge of the lane at the location of the slip-out with a goal of installing a temporary stoplight so one-way traffic can resume.

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04/09/2024
A program that allows solo drivers of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to use carpool lanes on freeways and bridges in California may be removed for good next year.

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04/04/2024
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The closure of Highway 1 in Big Sur north of the Rocky Creek Bridge has thrown the Big Sur International Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, April 28, into jeopardy.

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04/04/2024
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The County of Monterey Department of Public Works, Facilities and Parks and Friends of Laguna Seca (FLS) have announced the execution of a comprehensive settlement that ends the Laguna Seca Raceway lawsuit, “Highway 68 Coalition vs. County of Monterey.”

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04/04/2024
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For over 6 months, KSQD volunteer Christine Barrington worked on answering a simple question: What's the truth behind the story of rail and trail in Santa Cruz County?

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04/04/2024
Phase 4 of the Measure S Citywide Road Resurfacing has restarted after a pause and is expected to finish by late May.

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04/03/2024
Image for display with article titled Highway 1 Slides and Slip-Outs Have Again Closed Off Public Access to Big Sur From All Sides.

A summary of the history and reasons behind closures of Highway 1 which regularly impact and isolate the Big Sur region.

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04/01/2024
Image for display with article titled Highway 1 Convoys to Continue for Residential Access to Big Sur, Depending on the Weather.

After calls came in from passing motorists, Caltrans officials arrived on Saturday afternoon, March 30, to find a chunk of Highway 1 missing from the road just south of Rocky Creek Bridge. They implemented a hard closure of the highway…

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03/30/2024
Image for display with article titled Highway 1 Closes at Palo Colorado Due to Slip Out Near Rocky Creek.

Caltrans announced on social media just before 6pm, March 30 that Highway 1 is closed just north of Palo Colorado Road due to a slip out near Rocky Creek.

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03/30/2024
Highway 1 is closed indefinitely from Palo Colorado Road to Rocky Creek Bridge, the California Department of Transportation said on social media after a new landslide eroded part of the roadway.

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03/29/2024
Image for display with article titled Work Continues on Arroyo Seco Road Slide Area West of Greenfield

Monterey County Public Works, Facilities and Parks is reminding residents about the ongoing construction work on Arroyo Seco Road, west of Greenfield.

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03/27/2024
Image for display with article titled Widening Imjin Parkway Is Impacting Plant Habitat – And Public Access to Beloved Fort Ord Trails.

Construction is underway on a project widening Imjin Parkway through Marina, changing the routines for thousands of commuters that travel from and to Salinas. But drivers aren’t the only ones impacted.

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03/20/2024
Image for display with article titled Miles of Palo Colorado Road Have Been Closed Since 2017. Progress Is Happening, but Slowly.

In January 2017, Monterey County was hit with an onslaught of storms, exacerbating damage in Big Sur and Carmel Valley from the 2016 Soberanes Fire, which left burn scars on 132,127 acres that were more prone to erosion and runoff.

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