Everyone in the valley knows by now that the traffic on Graham Hill, Mount Hermon and Highway 9 was much worse during the month of August. Caltrans, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District and PG&E were completing infrastructure projects all at the same time, projects that, as beneficial as they are for the community, have caused daily frustration for drivers for weeks. The good news is that the SLV Water District anticipates wrapping up its intertie pipeline project by Aug. 28, relieving traffic until the final paving at the end of September which will close Graham Hill for two days.
PG&E has finished the Meyers Lane gas line project.
A PG&E gas line project, which involves trucks going in and out of the parking lot next to Roaring Camp, should be gone by the first week of September. All the remaining gas line work on Graham Hill is expected to wrap up by the end of September, barring unforeseen issues.
Caltrans has announced that the most recent target date for completing the Highway 9 project south of Felton is mid-October. As painful as the congestion has been for the entire valley, we may be seeing the light at the end of the back-up tunnel.