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July 3, 2022

Santa Clara County extends speed limit on stretch of Los Gatos mountain roadway

Los Gatos’ representative on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors says it was the advocacy of local residents that led to extending the speed limit on a section of road in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Last week, supervisors adopted a resolution recommended by County Traffic Engineering to extend the 30-mph speed limit on Black Road between Thompson Road and Highway 17 Frontage Road.

“I often talk with the folks I represent about how they can speak up for their communities and themselves,” said Supervisor Joe Simitian, in a statement. “I’m pleased to see the results of community advocacy, combined with the good work of County staff, improve public safety for both folks on the road and in their neighborhoods.”

Santa Clara County maintains the roadway along Black Road from Skyline Boulevard to Highway 17 Frontage Road. Currently, Black Road only has one existing posted speed limit of 30m/h from Thompson Road to a quarter mile east.

In response to residents, County Traffic Engineering and Operations staff conducted an Engineering and Traffic Study for Black Road, resulting in the approved speed limit extension. 

An additional recommended safety measure, focusing on speed limit enforcement by the California Highway Patrol, was also approved.