A week or two ago, there was an SLV News retweet where the original tweeter suggested that Highway 9 be closed to vehicular traffic south of Felton.
Nice thought, but it’s a bad idea.
Anyone who has had to drive into Santa Cruz knows there’s only three ways into Santa Cruz: Highway 9 — the scenic route — which meanders through the redwoods to the city; Graham Hill Road, which is terminally clogged and needs the traffic equivalent of an angioplasty (and our friends at CalTrans and PG&E may be doing just that); and Mount Hermon Road to Highway 17, which takes a driver through beautiful Scotts “Do-you-know-why-I-pulled-you-over?” Valley, our own little slice of Orange County here in Santa Cruz.
Of the three routes, only Highway 9 is the logical choice to head into Santa Cruz from Felton, if not from the rest of the San Lorenzo Valley. Yeah, it might be slower, but there’s less to deal with, other than a nice view and an occasional cyclist or several. So closing it down to vehicles would be a terrible idea, at the very least until Graham Hill Road is given the asphalt enema it so desparately needs.
So let’s be careful out there.