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Highway 17 Shaded Fuel Break Update 1/4/20

Next Week, January 6th – 10th:
As weather permits, tree and brush removal will continue outside of the highway corridor. No lane closures are planned.

Impacts:

  • Over the next several months, crews will be working along SR-17 and in adjacent communities. Traffic in the communities and along SR-17 will be intermittently impacted. Please plan for extended travel times, as shoulder and lane closures will cause delays. If possible, please plan your SR-17 trips before 9:00AM and after 3:00PM.

  • The project team is working to minimize traffic impacts and will provide weekly updates to residents and highway drivers. Stay informed of delays and alternate routes.
  • Check project status and sign up for weekly updates on Firesafe17.com. Traffic information can also be found on 511.org.
  • In addition to electronic media, there are several physical locations in the area where you can get updated information: Redwood Estates Pavilion, Redwood Estates Post Office, Redwood Estates Store, Chemeketa Park and Summit Store.

Highway 17 Shaded Fuel Break Update 12/16/19

This Week: December 16 – December 20 (Week 17)
There was a lane closure on Monday from Bear Creek Road to Hwy 9 which provided access to the remaining hazard trees, brush and slopes on the NB side of SR-17.

Midpoint Summary of the SR-17 Shaded Fuel Break Project

  • Over the past four months, 180 acres of public and private land along northbound SR-17 — from the Main Street Bridge to the Summit Road overpass — have been treated.

  • 750 tons of organic material, including tree limbs, hazard trees and brush, have been removed and recycled into landscaping material and/or brought to a biomass cogeneration facility where it is a renewable energy source to make electricity.

  • 133 dead, dying and diseased trees over 12 inches in diameter have been removed to reduce fire hazard and to prevent them from falling onto the highway.

  • Erosion control measures, including hydromulching for slope stabilization and the mitigation of waterflow hazards have been applied to protect the hillsides and waterways.

  • 64 cubic yards of trash (enough to fill four 20-yard dumpsters one 4-yard dumpster) have been removed from the highway shoulders.

There are no more lane closures planned for the rest of December. The second half of the Project will begin in January on the southbound side of SR-17.


The SR-17 Shaded Fuel Break Team would like to thank all local residents and commuters for their patience and for understanding how critical a safe evacuation route is for the community. The project is extremely complex, requiring cooperation and coordination between multiple individuals, organizations and agencies.
We appreciate all who are helping to make it happen.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
– CAL FIRE, Caltrans, and the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council

Highway 17 Shaded Fuel Break Update 12/13/19

This week: December 9 - December 13 (Week 16)Erosion control (hydromulching) has been completed on the NB side of SR-17.Next Week: December 16 - December 20 (Week 17)SR-17 NORTHBOUND LANE CLOSURES ON MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM from Bear Creek Road to Hwy 9.As weather permits: Hazard trees and brush removal will continue.
Upcoming: December 23 - 27 (Week 18) No Lane ClosuresDecember 30 - January 3 (Week 19) No Lane ClosuresHAPPY HOLIDAYSImpacts:· Over the next several months, crews will be working along SR-17 and in adjacent communities. Traffic in the communities and along SR-17 will be intermittently impacted. Please plan for extended travel times, as shoulder and lane closures will cause delays. If possible, please plan your northbound SR-17 trips before 9:00AM and after 3:00PM.· The project team is working to minimize traffic impacts and will provide weekly updates to residents and highway drivers. Stay informed of delays and alternate routes.· Check project status and sign up for weekly updates on Firesafe17.com. Traffic information can also be found on 511.org.· In addition to electronic media, there are several physical locations in the area where you can get updated information: Redwood Estates Pavilion, Redwood Estates Post Office, Redwood Estates Store, Chemeketa Park, Loma School, Lakeside School bulletin boards will be updated regularly

Highway 17 Shaded Fuel Break update week of 12/9/2019

December 2 – December 6 (Week 15)
There were no lane closures this week. Brush removal and some erosion control treatment occurred as weather permitted.

December 9 – December 13 (Week 16)
SR-17 NB lane closures from Tuesday Dec 10 through Thursday Dec 12 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
As weather and soil conditions permit: Hazard trees and brush will continue to be removed. Erosion control is planned at sites between Idylwild and Summit Road/Old Summit Road area and possibly as far north as Alma Station/Briggs Creek.

Following Week: December 16 – December 20 (Week 17)
SR-17 NB lane closures Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
As weather and soil conditions permit: Hazard trees and brush will continue to be removed. Erosion control is planned at sites between Idylwild and Summit Road/Old Summit Road area. Lane closure may extend as far north as Main Street Bridge in Los Gatos. Possible treatment on the southbound side of SR-17 near Summit Road, however, no southbound lane closures are scheduled.

Impacts:

  • Over the next several months, crews will be working along SR-17 and in adjacent communities. Traffic in the communities and along SR-17 will be intermittently impacted. Please plan for extended travel times, as shoulder and lane closures will cause delays. If possible, please plan your northbound SR-17 trips before 9:00AM and after 3:00PM.

  • The project team is working to minimize traffic impacts and will provide weekly updates to residents and highway drivers. Stay informed of delays and alternate routes.

  • Check project status and sign up for weekly updates on Firesafe17.com. Traffic information can also be found on 511.org.

  • In addition to electronic media, there are several physical locations in the area where you can get updated information: Redwood Estates Pavilion, Redwood Estates Post Office, Redwood Estates Store, Chemeketa Park, Loma School, Lakeside School bulletin boards will be updated regularly.

Highway 17 Shaded Fuel Break update week of 11/25/19

Highway 17 Shaded Fuel Break update for 11/25/19:
Work continued this week from Summit Road to (Madrone Drive) Redwood Estates, trimming and removing trees. Erosion control work occurred between Big Moody Curve and Bear Creek Road. There were lane closures on SR-17 Northbound Monday Nov 18 through Thursday Nov 21 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Additional erosion control work was conducted on the Los Gatos Creek Trail between the dam face and Main Street in Los Gatos.

Next Week - November 25-29 (Week 14): 
THANKSGIVING WEEK
No lane closures this week. 
Off-highway work will occur on Monday Nov 25 and Tuesday Nov 26. There will be no treatment work from Wednesday Nov 27 through Friday Nov 29. 
Happy Thanksgiving.

December 2 - December 6 (Week 15)
SR-17 NB lane closures Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Hazard trees will be removed from sites between Idylwild and Summit Road/Old Summit Road area. Erosion control treatment (hydromulching) will occur in the Valley Surprise vicinity.

Impacts:

• Over the next several months, crews will be working along SR-17 and in adjacent communities. Traffic in the communities and along SR-17 will be intermittently impacted. Please plan for extended travel times, as shoulder and lane closures will cause delays. When possible, please plan your northbound SR-17 trips before 9:00AM and after 3:00PM.

• The project team is working to minimize traffic impacts and will provide weekly updates to residents and highway drivers. Stay informed of delays and alternate routes.

• Check project status and sign up for weekly updates on Firesafe17.com. Traffic information can also be found on 511.org.

• In addition to electronic media, there are several physical locations in the area where you can get updated information: Redwood Estates Pavilion, Redwood Estates Post Office, Redwood Estates Store, Chemeketa Park, Loma School, Lakeside School bulletin boards will be updated regularly.