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Patch Watch: Graffiti on Highway 17 Overpass

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Graffiti artists are back at work on Highway 17, targetting this time the overpass between the Lark Avenue and Highway 9 exits in Los Gatos.

You see the ugly gibberish as you're driving southbound on Highway 17. There's graffiti on the overpass' west supporting column, the dividing wall in the median, the east side wall and on its outside span.

LOCATION: Highway 17 overpass, between the Lark Avenue and Highway 9 exits.

PROBLEM: Graffiti has been spray-painted in several parts of the overpass.

RESPONSIBLE AGENCIES: California Department of Transportation [Caltrans] and Los Gatos Parks and Public Works Department, which is responsible for maintaining the town's public parks, facilities, and infrastructure.

CONTACT: Caltrans, 916-654-5266; Los Gatos Parks and Public Works Department, 408-399-5770, or email ppw@losgatosca.gov. You may also report graffiti to the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department's graffiti hotline number, 408-354-6863.

DATE REPORTED: Jan. 13, 2013

DAYS ON WATCH: 2

Julian Groft January 15, 2013 at 10:41 PM
I dont consider this ugly, i think its way better to look at that then nothing at all....takes your eye off of your everyday life. Makes me sad because i take walkes in SF and all i see is people with there faces in there phones and nobody is looking at the beauty and street art to me helps take there eyes off of there phones and see a little beauty because its something with a lot of heart and soul
Julian Groft January 15, 2013 at 10:43 PM
p.s dont put pics of there work because if they see this they will do it again and again, the point of graffiti is to get your name out there and your doing free advertisment for them
Colleen Murphy January 16, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Graffiti removal on Hwy 17 is the responsibility of Cal Trans.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz January 16, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Should be some kind of material paint out there that won't allow this to happen....
Victoria Doll January 16, 2013 at 07:05 PM
You can also submit Maintenance Requests to Cal Trans for them to clean up the graffiti. They'll get to it. I often submit requests. The problem is as soon as Cal Trans cleans up the graffiti, it's an open canvas for the derelicts to paint on again. A never-ending battle, one which I will not give up on. Here's the link to submit the request to Cal Trans: http://dap3.dot.ca.gov/hq/maint/msrsubmit/
Peter Cook January 16, 2013 at 08:35 PM
And don't forget the locks, just another form of graffiti.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 08:06 PM
This one is still there and seems to be growing. I was going to take more pictures today, but it's dangerous to stop at this spot. Thanks.

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