California Department of Transportation
Date: October 27, 2014
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties
Contact: Susana Cruz (bilingual) or Theresa Wright (TAMC)
Phone: (805) 549-3138 (831) 775-4411
LANDMARK PRUNEDALE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT MARKS END OF CONSTRUCTION
Improving Safety and Reducing Congestion on U.S. Highway 101
MONTEREY COUNTY – Caltrans and the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) today celebrated the completion of the landmark $225 million Prunedale Improvement Project, marking the successful end of construction for the largest transportation project in Monterey County since the early 1960s.
“This historic project will make U.S. Highway 101 much safer, reduce traffic congestion and improve access to local businesses,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
The Prunedale Improvement Project upgraded a 13-mile segment of U.S. Highway 101 from Russell/Espinoza Road to just north of Echo Valley Road.
Prior to construction, this section of U.S. Highway 101 was a four-lane expressway with several at-grade intersections. The combination of high-speed traffic on the highway conflicting with vehicles trying to enter, exit and make left turns caused congestion and impacted safety.
To make the highway safer, a new concrete median barrier was installed at various locations throughout the project limits, permanently removing left turns across U.S. Highway 101.
Other benefits of the project include:
- New interchanges at Crazy Horse Canyon Road and Sala Road
- A new undercrossing for Espinosa Road and Russell Road
- A new overcrossing for Blackie Road and Reese Circle
- A new lane to the existing San Miguel Canyon Road interchange
- Improvements to various local roads
“On behalf of the residents of North Monterey County, congratulations to Caltrans, TAMC and the many contractors who worked diligently on the Prunedale Improvement Project,” said Monterey County Supervisor Lou Calcagno.
Looking south at the new Crazy Horse Canyon Road interchange Overcrossing
Looking west at the new Prunedale South Road
Looking south at the new Sala Road interchange. At this point in the project, U.S. 101 traffic was detoured to the west