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In the wake of the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, Caltrans commissioned an oral history project to document the personal and professional experiences of Caltrans employees who worked to restore the State's damaged transportation system. Mike Vujovitch was a Resident Engineer for Caltrans at the time of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. In this interview, Mike discusses the amount of work that it took to survey the highway conditions in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties after the earthquake caused massive slides such as the notable Laurel Curve, which required immediate attention from Caltrans. Much of the interview is Mike explaining the complexities of Caltrans surveying and repairing the earthquake damage to Highway Route 17 which was further complicated by rain, weather conditions, and underground telephone lines. Mike worked with Charlie Troglio from Right-of-Way to secure contracts with Rasich Construction and Granite Construction Company to perform emergency repairs to Highway Route 17 and to remove landslides and make new cuts in the hillside.
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California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) California Revealed is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.