About the Plan
The Highway 17 Access Management Plan (Hwy 17 AMP) is a long-range plan that will provide access management strategies and recommendations to address access, mobility, and safety needs in the Hwy 17 corridor. These recommendations are intended to help reduce conflict points and preserve the functional integrity of the corridor as a safe and efficient interregional corridor. The plan will promote environmental and economic sustainability by coordinating land use and transportation planning.
The plan components include the following:
- An Overview of the corridor access points and conflict points
- Recommendations on transportation and land use policies
- A listing of viable scenarios, with cost estimate ranges, recommended for future studies
- An implementation plan for the most viable scenarios
Access management is a term used by transportation professionals for the management of locations where vehicles enter and exit the roadway. Access management techniques help to reduce conflict points, preserve mobility, and maintain safety by controlling the location, spacing, design, and operation of driveways, median openings and street connections. Access management requires the coordination and integration of roadway design and land use development patterns to improve accessibility for vehicles, pedestrians, people who bike and public transit.
Conflict point is a term used by transportation professionals to describe an area where two vehicles’ paths can either cross , merge , or diverge . An entrance to a highway (access point) can have one or more conflict points. Each conflict point represents a location where a collision may occur.
The purpose of access management is to maintain mobility and safety by managing access points and conflict points. Common access management strategies include:
- installing raised medians
- reducing or consolidating driveways
- prohibiting left turns
- providing alternative access roads
The diagrams below show an example of how the installation of a physical barrier reduces conflict points. Since this improvement may limit the accessibility to neighboring communities, the Hwy 17 AMP will include a comprehensive and holistic set of concepts and recommendations to plan for the long-term balance between mobility, local access and circulation.
The Highway 17 Access Management Plan is being developed through a collaborative, corridor-wide partnership with a variety of groups and local agency partners, including:
- Caltrans, District 5
- Santa Cruz County
- Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC)
The Steering Committee is a high-level leadership group that provides guidance on the overarching vision and direction of the plan. The Steering Committee includes:
- Caltrans: Aileen K. Loe, Deputy District Director, District 5
- Santa Cruz County: John Leopold, Supervisor, District 1
- Santa Cruz County: Bruce McPherson, Supervisor, District 5
- SCCRTC: George Dondero, Executive Director
The Project Development Team (PDT) is a staff-level group of public agencies and Caltrans functional units to provide local and technical expertise, including:
- California Highway Patrol (CHP)
- County of Santa Cruz
- SCCRTC Transportation Planning
- City of Scotts Valley