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Supervisors improve traffic flow at congested Sanborn County Park trailhead

SAN JOSE – To improve traffic flow for area residents and visitors at Sanborn County Park, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a set of resolutions restricting parking on Black Road, an unincorporated County road located near Los Gatos.

Parking will be prohibited from dusk till dawn on Black Road about a third of a mile west of Beggs Road to approximately 610 feet west of Beggs Road on the north shoulder of the westbound lane. Additionally, there is a “No Parking Any Time” restriction on the south side, from a point approximately 0.25 mile west of Beggs Road, to a point approximately 1,100 feet west thereof.

The Board’s action was made in response to a request from County park rangers on behalf of local residents for an evaluation of this portion of Black Road, approximately one mile east of Skyline Boulevard near the Sanborn County Park John Nicholas Trailhead entrance, where illegal parking, including overnight, has been occurring.

County staff concluded that implementing the recommended restrictions on Black Road, adjacent to the trail entrance, would provide adequate shoulder area parking for visitors during operating hours at Sanborn County Park and reduce parking violations. 

“This is a simple parking management measure that should result in better traffic flow for drivers on Black Road,” said County Supervisor Joe Simitian, who represents the area. “It has the added benefit of making Black Road safer for our residents, as well as park visitors.”

Signage designating the new ‘No Parking’ zones on Black Road is scheduled for installation by March.

Last year, in response to concerns raised by Los Gatos residents residing on Black Road, the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to extend a 30-mph speed limit on Black Road between Thompson Road and Highway 17 Frontage Road. This action allows for speed limit enforcement by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) using radar.

“These are basic safety and quality of life measures,” said Simitian, “but they are also a reminder of how important it is for County staff to hear, understand, and respond to community concerns.”

The County maintains the entirety of Black Road from Skyline Boulevard to Highway 17 Frontage Road.