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County Update With Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman Supervisor Mike Wasserman was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in November 2010, and re-elected in 2014. He represents District 1, which includes Gilroy, San Martin, Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and portions of San Jose. ( County Roads That Take Us Home The County’s Roads Administration operates and maintains 62 miles of express- way and 635 miles of rural and urban roadways in unincorporated areas. This includes 23 miles of sound walls, 168 bridges, 39 miles of carpool lanes, 164 signalized intersections, 4,500 street lights, 25,000 regulatory signs, and 2,185 drain inlets. Improved Tools for Residents to Submit Service Requests for County Roads Residents now have two easy ways to report issues on County Roads or Expressways such as malfunctioning traffi c signals or street lights, potholes, graffi ti, illegal or dumping. Complete the County’s General Service Request at or download the “Mobile Citi zen” App on your smartphone, take a picture of the issue and submit it. We have heard many compliments from residents who are using these tools that their issues are being responded to and addressed quickly. Dewitt Avenue “S” Curve Roadway Realignment Project Update Dewitt Avenue is an arterial roadway that extends from the City of Morgan Hill into unincorporated County communities. Over the years, the “S” curve portion of Dewitt has been the scene of accidents, injuries and property damage. Various traffi c devices GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN have been installed to provide advanced warning and reduced speed limit but the number of accidents has not decreased. The project consists of roadway realignment to eliminate the “S” curve portion of Dewitt Avenue located between Spring Avenue and Origilia Lane. It will result in a roadway that is straighter and fl atter, as well as wider for bicycle use. By realigning the existing “S” curve, the new alignment will improve the line of sight and traffi c safety for drivers, bicyclists and residents using Dewitt Avenue. The County has completed the acquisi- tion of the right of way from fi ve property owners. The new alignment will require utility (electricity, phone and water main) relocation, some prior to and some during the realign- ment construction. Homeowners will be notifi ed by PG&E and Verizon on the work schedule. The project costs $2,165,013 and is funded by the Santa Clara County “Road Fund” and a contribution from the City of Morgan Hill. The project started on April 24, 2017 and weather permitting, is slated for completion in November 2017. For additional information on this or other Roads projects, please visit NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 65