Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian JAMMED A California Highway Patrol officer conducts a traffic break along Highway 1 near Soquel to slow northbound motorists as they approach the newly established detour around the demolition of the Capitola Avenue Bridge that crosses the highway. Saturday evening.

The California Highway Patrol closed north and southbound lanes of Highway 1 in Soquel Saturday at 7pm to make way for Granite Construction crews to demolish the 1948 Capitola Avenue bridge above the highway.

The closure and carefully crafted detour between Bay/Porter and Park Avenue clears the way for the bridge removal that is slated to last until 7pm Sunday. 

The work is the second phase of the three-phase project to construct north and southbound auxiliary lanes and bus-on-shoulder improvements on Hwy 1 between the Bay Avenue and Porter Street and State Park Drive, said Kevin Drabinski, spokesperson for Caltrans .

Officers with the CHP began conducting traffic breaks on the highway several exits away from the bridge about 6:40pm to slow traffic and guide motorists onto the detours.


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