State Route 17 Resiliency and Adaptation Plan

Project Description

As climate related events become more frequent and intense, disruptions to travel on State Route 17 (SR 17) in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties have increased. The corridor has seen a rise in resilience challenges and emergency evacuation and access needs. Caltrans is developing a SR 17 Resiliency and Adaptation Plan (Plan) from SR 1 in Santa Cruz to the I-280/I-880 interchange in San Jose.
Building on previous efforts, the SR 17 Plan seeks to:

  • Advance goals of the California Transportation Plan 2050 and Climate Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure
  • Collaborate with the public to establish a collective vision
  • Prioritize project opportunities that align with assessing physical climate risk and safety improvements that reduce fatalities and severe injuries

One of the key objectives of the Plan is to collaboratively develop a resiliency-based corridor vision, goals, objectives, and associated performance measures. These performance measures will be used to evaluate adaptation options for SR 17 to ensure that it can withstand future climate change impacts. Additionally, the Plan aims to define and document corridor resilience challenges and emergency evacuation/access needs as well as propose, evaluate, and prioritize adaptation strategies that help advance corridor goals.

The Plan will also function as a Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan (CMCP) for SR 17, with goals and objectives in alignment with the California Transportation Commission’s (CTC) CMCP guidelines. A CMCP is a long-range system plan developed in collaboration with State, regional, local governments, and communities to serve growing transportation system needs along a corridor. A CMCP identifies current and future challenges such as congestion and climate change, while evaluating equitable opportunities for bicycle, pedestrian, transit, freight, and rail improvements to support multimodal accessibility.


Project map 

Proposed Project Schedule

Process Date
Project Initiation & Scope Effort August - October 2023
Corridor Context October 2023 - March 2024
Identify Projects/Strategies December 2023 - April 2024
Analyze Projects/Strategies March - May 2024
Select & Prioritize May - July 2024
Draft Report November 2024
Final Report February 2025


Project Contact 

Public Information Office, Caltrans District 5
Phone: (805) 549-3318
Email: or


Public Meeting

A virtual public engagement meeting was held on April 3, 2024.  A review of the PowerPoint presentation is available here:

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Title VI Information

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) assures that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and Federal Executive Order 12898 (Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations).

Caltrans will make every effort to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether they are federally funded or not, and that services and benefits are fairly distributed to all people, regardless of race, color, or national origin. In addition, Caltrans will facilitate meaningful participation in the transportation planning process in a nondiscriminatory manner.