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Highway 9/University Ave Intersection Improvement Project Set to Begin

A new 'green arrow' traffic signal system will be completed by spring of 2014.

A view of the intersection of Highway 9 from south University Avenue in Los Gatos where dedicated left-turn lanes will be constructed this fall of 2013. Screenshot courtesy Maps.Google.Com
A view of the intersection of Highway 9 from south University Avenue in Los Gatos where dedicated left-turn lanes will be constructed this fall of 2013. Screenshot courtesy Maps.Google.Com
Contractor Graniterock has been hired by the Town of Los Gatos to oversee the Highway 9/University Avenue Intersection Improvement Project at a cost of $682,327.

According to the project description, the work will replace the old and outdated traffic signal at the Highway 9 and University Avenue intersection with a new traffic signal system.


Dedicated left-turn lanes will also be constructed on University Avenue to improve vehicle traffic flow and sidewalks will be repaired to be in compliance with current codes, according to Town of Los Gatos engineer and Assistant Director to the Parks and Public Works Department Kevin Rohani.

The lack of an updated traffic signal system and dedicated left-turn lanes have impacted vehicle traffic flow, causing vehicle and pedestrian safety and capacity issues, Rohani said.

The project intersection is located in the Caltrans right-of-way and due to state budget challenges, funding has been limited for the past several years.

However, the town has secured a grant through the Highway Safety Implementation Program to help fund the program as well as revenue from development projects in the immediate area, Rohani added.

The project, which is expected to be completed by the spring of 2014, involves several utility pole relocations by PG&E and town staff has been working with the utility during the last year to finalize the pole relocation component of the project, Rohani said.
Maria Ristow September 10, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Finally! Too many cars pull the left turn onto 9 without regard for oncoming traffic with the right-of-way, or for the hapless pedestrians trying to cross 9. This turn pocket and arrow are well overdue.

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