You’ve probably already noticed the orange cones and road crews: a number of road repairs and projects are underway.
In addition to other projects, work began to resurface a section of Mount Hermon Road. Although the delays were painful – and will return briefly later this month – the improvement will be worthwhile.
Work has also begun to install guardrails and retaining walls along Felton Empire Road near the top at Bonny Doon. A washed out section of East Zayante Road damaged in by storms in March 2011 is being repaired. And in Scotts Valley, a new section of Nelson Road, closed by a large rock slide also in March of 2011, is being built. Construction on this project is anticipated to take up to three months.
The Nelson Road repairs were delayed after local and state authorities declared a disaster following the March 2011 storm, but the federal government refused to follow suit. That meant denial of millions of dollars in local disaster aid. Instead, County Public Works staff worked to secure insurance money. That successful effort resulted in $3 million worth of road repairs now, or soon to be, underway.
A very large – and very dead – eucalyptus tree was removed last week in Felton. The base of the tree was along Zayante Road and the top branches were up and over the bridge on Conference Drive on the way to Mount Hermon. Thank you Christianson Tree Company for removing this tree!