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Highway 17 / Pasatiempo Shoulder Widening Project


The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes to improve the safety of southbound State Route 17 in Santa Cruz County from the southbound exit ramp to State Route 1 (post mile 0.1) to the entrance ramp from Pasatiempo Drive (post mile 0.4). Due to the higher-than-average collision rate, the project proposes to construct a retaining wall and widen the outside shoulder to 10 feet to improve drivers’ stopping sight distance.

Agency Roles

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is the lead agency for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).


The proposed project would be funded in State Highway Operation and Protection Program in the Safety Improvements Program.


Final Environmental Document and Project Approval - June 2016
Project Specifications and Estimates complete – Late Fall 2017
Right of Way acquisition complete - Spring 2017
Ready to List - Spring 2018
Begin Construction - Late Fall 2018
Finish Construction - Summer 2020                                                                               

Final Environmental Document

Initial Study with Proposed Mitigated negative declaration

Technical Reports

Draft Project Report

Public Hearing Notice

Last updated: March 14, 2016