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Widening Waste$: Stop the Highway 1 Widening
In the pre-dawn hours of Monday, January 30, a small group of activists hung a banner from the La Fonda HWY 1 overpass by Harbor High. The banner read "WIDENING WASTE$"
In the pre-dawn hours of Monday, January 30, a small group of activists hung a banner from the La Fonda HWY 1 overpass by Harbor High. The banner read "WIDENING WASTE$" and was tied to the chain link fence on the bridge, facing the southbound traffic during the morning commute. The banner was up for a few hours until being removed between 11am and noon.
The approximately one-mile widening project will cost almost $20 million, to be funded by the State Transportation Bond and State Transportation Improvement Program funds. There are a number of other projects competing for those millions of dollars that may now not be funded because of the extremely high cost of the widening project. Many sustainable transportation activists argue that these opportunity costs make the highway widening too expensive, and that these funds should be used instead on other projects already identified as improving transportation infrastructure in Santa Cruz County.
This sentiment is far from new to the public; anti-widening groups have been saying this for years. Many community members are outraged with the RTC's decision to widen Highway One from the Morrissey to the Soquel exits, but despite widespread opposition, little action has been taken against the project. The activists responsible for the banner drop wish to bring attention to the issue, as there has been little public notice of the RTC's recent decision and the imminent construction.