Motorists should expect traffic delays along McLaughlin Drive in May, June

To: UCSC Community

From: Marc Douvia, PPDO / Physical Plant Services – Work Management

Construction crews are expected to begin road maintenance work sometime in May or June 2021 on McLaughlin Drive between the McLaughlin Drive / Heller Drive intersection to the bridge east of Science Hill.  Work will include milling two inches of the existing roadway and overlaying with two inches of new asphalt; some areas receiving additional repairs via six-inch or twenty-four-inch digouts; installation of concrete pavement at the two bus pullouts near the Physical Sciences Building and Engineering Auditorium; and road restriping.  Work is expected to take four to six weeks in total with the project’s estimated completion date being no later than August 31st.  During construction, drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes to minimize traffic through the project area.

Two-way traffic control will be in place throughout the duration of the project.  Drivers and transit riders should expect up to five-minute delays in both directions while construction is underway.  Additionally, the necessary use of large construction equipment will occasionally create noisy conditions near the project corridor.

Bicyclists are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes during construction as the road surface will be less than optimal for bike traffic.  Cyclists accessing facilities along Mclaughlin Drive should use extra caution when traversing the construction corridor.  Pedestrian access and crossings will be open during construction.  As always, drivers are urged to use caution when traveling through the project corridor, especially when construction vehicles and/or workers are present.

An update will be provided once construction dates are confirmed.

Questions about this McLaughlin Drive repair project should be directed to Marc Douvia, PPDO Project Manager, at 502-8162, or email