San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Noe Magaña.


COG explores contracting for legislative advocacy

Executive Director Mary Gilbert estimates the agency would spend about $30,000 annually for representation.

Road crew closed off one lane near Somerset Drive on Union Road in August 2020. Photo by Noe Magaña.


COG approves draft list of regional transportation projects

Costs exceed projected revenue by $100 million.

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News Release

Lane closure on Hwy 101

Moving lane closure in effect Dec. 14 through Dec 18.

Future location of a roundabout outside the Rancho Vista development in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.


San Juan roundabout design nears completion

Construction expected to begin in the next few months.

Highway 101 from the Betabel exit. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Caltrans creating business plan for Highway 101

Document aims to identify funding for transportation projects in San Benito County and elsewhere.

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Police / Fire

CHP to concentrate efforts on Highway 101 prior to Thanksgiving

Officers will work to educate motorists and enforce traffic safety laws, and will be actively looking for unsafe driving including seat belt violations, speed, distracted driving, and signs of impairment.

Trucks on Highway 156. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Highway 156 expansion project gets right of way certification

Caltrans to request funding from state transportation commission in December, with two-year construction phase expected to begin next summer.

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Caltrans District 5 to present Hwy 101 business plan to transportation leaders

COG to hear plan at Nov. 19 meeting.

Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez cuts the ribbon on Nov. 14 celebrating the reopening of San Benito Street after a beautification project. Photo by John Chadwell.


Hollister holds ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating San Benito Street reopening

Changes include parklets, one-way traffic flow and diagonal parking.

The intersection of San Felipe Road and Highway 156. The plan is to bring the intersection into city limits for a proposed vehicle testing facility known as the Hollister Research Campus. Image courtesy of Google Earth.

Housing / Land Use

Another vehicle research facility on the horizon

Hollister City Council unanimously approves pre-zone for new car campus.

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Highway 25 closures planned for Nov. 8

Brief closures scheduled for two miles north of Shore Road, at Post Mile 59.93 between the railroad crossing and the Pajaro River Bridge.

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Work on San Benito Street begins Oct. 26

All outdoor dining furniture must be removed from San Benito Street prior to Oct. 26 at 5 a.m.

Businesses on San Benito Street will be refunded up to $15,000 for constructing parklets. Photo courtesy of city of Hollister.

Business / Economy

Hollister approves downtown parklet program

Portion of San Benito Street to be transformed into one-way thoroughfare.

Hollister City Manager Brett Miller, COG Executive Director Mary Gilbert, Supervisor Peter Hernandez, Supervisor Jaime De La Cruz, Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez, County Administrative Officer Ray Espinosa and Capt. Chris Armstrong at an Oct. 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Highway 25 expansion project. Photo by Noe Magaña.


COG holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hwy 25 widening project

$241 million project will occur in phases, with construction not expected to begin for several years.

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Traffic advisory issued for State Route 156 overnight closures

Construction will start the week of Oct. 19.