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Old 11-05-2007, 07:54 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Given a choice of commuting on 17 out of Santa Cruz, or 92 eastbound out of Half Moon Bay (or 1 northbound out of Half Moon Bay, for that matter!), honestly, I'd take 17. At least it has undergone some work to cope with the realities of modern-day commuting.
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Old 08-04-2008, 09:59 AM
 
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I'm curious as to why highway 17 is so dangerous. Is it two lanes and
windy or is it agressive drivers speeding and tailgating? I will only
have to use it occasionally and not for commuting but am wondering.
How bad is it? Going to and from san jose and santa cruz.

I, for the first time, took a drive along Hwy 17 yesterday. It is absolutely beautiful! I did see a 16-wheeler pass a driver in front of me, but the 16 wheeler was doing the speed limit. I got passed a couple of times, because I was doing the speed limit, and to me, the limit was too fast. I mean, how can one really enjoy the beauty driving the speed limit. The roads are windey. I don't remember any guardrails (started at 285 (Antonito)). I guess when people are "aquainted" with the beauty, they don't care anymore. By the way, this road reminds me of some of the roads winding up to Mt. Rainier in Washington State, from Grants.
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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The times it really gets crazy is during rush hour in the winter rain, fog, etc... People seems to not care or even speed up in poorer conditions. Consequently many deadly accidents have occurred on the stretch over the years. It is a lot different on a clear sunny day off peak rush hour and may even be somewhat enjoyable.
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:00 AM
 
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If you are traveling toward Santa Cruz on 17 (unfamiliar with the road) and planning to turn off with a left turn, how many miles of lead time would you give yourself.
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Newark, CA
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If you are traveling toward Santa Cruz on 17 (unfamiliar with the road) and planning to turn off with a left turn, how many miles of lead time would you give yourself.
I hope you wouldn't be trying to make a left turn on hwy 17.
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:32 AM
 
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I think this might be the road where my sister's coworker's brother was recently decapitated. Got smooshed by a large truck.

Edited: the rumor is he was decapitated. At any rate, he is dead.
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:34 AM
 
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Yup. It was 17.

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"On July 10, McGuire was sitting in traffic on northbound Highway 17 near Lexington Reservoir when the driver of a big-rig hauling 50,000 pounds of soil in two trailers lost control and slammed into 10 vehicles, according to the California Highway Patrol. Authorities said the truck’s weight was 2 tons.

McGuire was killed and seven others were injured, including a 37-year-old Capitola woman, Nicole Albaum. The truck driver, Ravinderbal Singh of Union City, told KTVU-TV after the crash that he only had a truck license for about three months when the brakes on two trailers failed in the crash. He said he followed his training by trying to turn into the guardrail."
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:37 AM
 
Location: San Jose
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I hope you wouldn't be trying to make a left turn on hwy 17.
Agree, I avoid this at all costs. Much safer in my opinion to continue to the next junction that allows you to exit on the right, cross over the highway, and enter again on the other side, then continue back to turn RIGHT at your desired exit. It may take a few extra minutes but I prefer that to dying in a fiery crash

P.S. Even a right turn off Highway 17 at any of the smaller exits is not for the faint-hearted. The cars behind you are generally traveling at suicidal speeds and there is often no exit lane to speak of. Getting back onto the highway from such an exit is even harder.
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Old 11-18-2014, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Newark, CA
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Agree, I avoid this at all costs. Much safer in my opinion to continue to the next junction that allows you to exit on the right, cross over the highway, and enter again on the other side, then continue back to turn RIGHT at your desired exit. It may take a few extra minutes but I prefer that to dying in a fiery crash

P.S. Even a right turn off Highway 17 at any of the smaller exits is not for the faint-hearted. The cars behind you are generally traveling at suicidal speeds and there is often no exit lane to speak of. Getting back onto the highway from such an exit is even harder.
I've driven HWY 17 more times than I can count over the years and it still makes me nervous. I'm confident in my own driving skills, but not many of the other drivers. The speeders and constant lane changers are terrible but the slow-pokes driving in the left lane are just as bad. Fortunately, CHP presence is pretty strong there these days.

In my 20's, I used to love to drive fast on 17, but I now know it's not safe and isn't worth it. The drive is far less stressful by cruising in the right lane at the speed limit. You'd be amazed about how many speeding lane changers you end up next to on Ocean St. once you reach Santa Cruz.

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Old 11-18-2014, 01:08 PM
 
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it is twisty and fast road. there is an alternatives though, from los gatos take highway 9 which is much more detour but less cars and slower traffic.
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