Caltrans attempted to deal with the South County curve on Highway 25 in 2015, but the rerouted portion of the road collapsed just a few months after opening. Now, repairs aren't expected to happen until at least 2022. Photo by John Chadwell.

Transportation

Caltrans seeks public comments for Highway 25 curve alignment near Pinnacles

Project moving forward after a remedy in 2015 failed.

Kollin Kosmicki in San Juan Bautista. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Housing plan would slow growth, require affordable units

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki says his plan would not only limit new single-family housing while the county upgrades its road infrastructure, but it would also eliminate developers' option to buy their way out of building affordable units.

District 2 Supervisor candidate, Kollin Kosmicki. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Vote on substance, not name recognition

District 2 Supervisor Candidate Kollin Kosmicki urges voters to look beyond name recognition and political signs to choose the best leader based on substance.

Highway 156. Photo by John Chadwell.

Transportation

Hwy 156 expansion delayed until November

Caltrans attributes holdup to right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation agreements.

Residents who attended the Dec. 11 meeting exchanged ideas about the three alternatives for the Highway 25 transit corridor between Hollister and Gilroy. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Transportation

COG looking at Hollister-Gilroy public transit service

Three options part of a Caltrans grant-funded study on Highway 25.

Kollin Kosmicki in San Juan Bautista. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Why I’m not prioritizing public endorsements in supervisor campaign

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki explains why he hasn't asked for public endorsements in the campaign and how he'd rather focus on gaining the trust of everyday voters.

Alternative two for the Highway 25 widening project. Graphic provided by COG.

Transportation

COG directors discuss options for Highway 25 expansion

Value analysis will be conducted in early 2020.

Photo provided by Kollin Kosmicki.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Five solutions for alarming congestion on rural backroads

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki contends the county must address rapidly increasing use of rural backroads and offers ideas to help alleviate the problem.

The intersection of State Routes 25 and 156. Construction of a two-lane roundabout is anticipated to begin in June 2021. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Transportation

Officials question proposed highway roundabout

County Resource Management Agency director asks why other alternatives weren’t offered.

Graphic by Fernando Gonzalez.

Transportation

Measure G revs up its engine

First in series of indepth reports on the county's transportation and traffic issues and solutions.  The San Benito County traffic safety bill’s Citizens Oversight Committee begins work July 1.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Roadway safety improvement project along Highway 25 starts May 1

Work in Hollister to take place from Sunnyslope/Tres Pinos Road to San Felipe Road.

Work on the high-speed rail project in 2019 on a 115-mile stretch in the Central Valley. Photo by Leslie David.

Business / Economy

State still plans to run high-speed rail through San Benito County

Construction in Pacheco Pass would start in three to five years.

Polk Street near City Hall in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista City Council approves list of road repairs

At its April 15 meeting, the San Juan Bautista City Council designated Muckelemi, Third and Polk streets as priority projects for pavement rehabilitation for next year’s budget. The council approved the list of repairs with a 4-0 vote. Councilman Dan De Vries was absent. The list is required to be submitted to the California Transportation

Polk Street near City Hall in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista City Council approves list of road repairs

City will combine Measure G and SB 1 funds for projects.

Photo courtesy of Caltrans.

Schools & Education

Caltrans District 5 scholarship applications still open

Two, $1,000 scholarships available to regional high school seniors.