Detours during Bay Street resurfacing through Oct. 31

To: UCSC Community

From: Larry Pageler, Director Transportation and Parking Services

The Santa Cruz City Public Works Department has notified the campus that the final phase of the Bay Street Resurfacing Project, from Mission Street to Escalona Drive, is scheduled to begin by Monday, October 20th and continue through Friday, October 31st. Drivers, bicyclists and transit riders should anticipate traffic delays when traveling to campus, as well as detours when traveling away from campus.

Traffic traveling downhill on Bay will be rerouted onto Escalona and Laurel Streets to reach King and Mission. Vehicles should follow posted detour signs. Traffic traveling uphill toward campus will continue along Bay from Mission to Escalona, but will shift from lane to lane as work progresses. Public Works encourages the use of alternate routes, such as Western Drive or High Street, while construction is underway.

SCMTD will reroute University bus routes-12, 13, 15, 16, 19 and 27X-during the construction period, with field supervisors monitoring conditions and posting bus stop closures as road work advances. Like other vehicle traffic, Metro buses will continue to travel uphill along Bay Street on their way to campus, using regular bus stops when available.

Metro buses traveling away from campus will be rerouted onto Escalona and Laurel before returning to regular routing along Laurel and Mission. Temporary bus stops will be located on Escalona at Van Ness (replacing the regular stop at Bay and King) and on Laurel at Cleveland. Traveling away from campus, Route 19 University Lower Bay buses will turn left from Bay onto Escalona, right onto Laurel, right from Laurel onto Mission, left from Mission onto Bay, and resume regular routing on Lower Bay Street.

Additional information will be posted at the SCMTD website as it becomes available, with links from the TAPS website (

As always, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are urged to use caution when traveling through construction areas.