Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Cal Trans And UC Davis Continue Work To Make Hwy 1 A Smoother Ride

RoadCaltrans and the University of California at Davis are continuing its partnership to find an effective and affordable way to make cycling a smoother experience along a recently paved section of Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo County, the section that so many cyclists and motorists have been complaining about. 

The Caltrans Division of Research and Innovation in coordination with the UC Davis Pavement Research Center will perform a test rolling on the shoulder of a 1,000 foot section of Hwy. 1 in the Cambria/San Simeon area for the next 4-5 weeks beginning yesterday. The shoulder surface will be measured before and after this test rolling to determine its effectiveness.

The test rolling will employ large equipment that mimic the natural pavement smoothing that occurs with regular vehicle traffic.

Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control during the daytime roadwork hours with expected delays of 5-10 minutes.

Other smoothing techniques such as overlay, and placement techniques will be examined by the Caltrans/UC Davis partnership, which will also involve local cyclists in this testing/research effort.

This effort is in response to local bicycle enthusiasts who say a recently completed 20-mile-long chip seal project along Highway 1 from Cambria to the Monterey County line resulted in a rougher than usual ride in sections along this scenic route.

“I am pleased this testing/research effort is taking place on site so that we can find some solutions that will benefit cyclists and all users of Highway 1,” said Caltrans District 5 Director Tim Gubbins.

This investigation is part of a comprehensive effort to determine both potential short and long-term improvements to Caltrans chip seal program statewide. The first phase involves measuring, testing and heavy rolling of the shoulder surface. Caltrans expects Phase I to be completed with results and recommendations in May.

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