Highway 1 is in the process of getting just a little bit safer and smoother for drivers, at least in Montara.
Over the next couple of months, Caltrans will be working on two improvement projects in Montara, creating a left-turn channel in the middle of the highway for vehicles trying to make a left turn and replacing sections of existing pavement.
The first project will install left turn channelization lanes along Highway 1 south of Carlos Street to 14th Avenue.
This will involve grinding, resurfacing and replacing roadway structural sections to provide a refuge for decelerating and stopped vehicles that are waiting for an opportunity to cross the opposing traffic stream.
According to Caltrans officials, this work will be performed at night and will consist of some noise from equipment. Monday through Thursday construction hours are 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday hours are 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday 7 p.m. to 10 a.m.
Construction for this project is expected to end October 2012.
The second project is an asphalt concrete resurfacing south of Marine Boulevard to 1.3 miles north of Second Street.
This project will replace sections of existing pavement, extending pavement life and creating a smoother driving surface.
This work will be performed at night, Monday through Friday, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Construction for this project is expected to end mid-November 2012.
One-way traffic control will be in effect for both projects with changeable message and construction signs to help guide motorist during construction hours.
Motorists are reminded to watch out for workers during these construction activities and "Slow for the Cone Zone.”