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101 HOV Widening Strategy
updated: Mar 16, 2017, 4:39 PM

By SBCAG

The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) Board unanimously voted today to adopt a construction phasing strategy for the 101 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Widening Project. Construction of the 101 HOV Widening project will be built in five segments planned between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. The next phase of freeway construction will overlap the currently underway construction of the Linden & Casitas Pass Interchanges project in Carpinteria and complete the new part-time carpool lanes the full length of the Carpinteria City limits. Full funding is available for construction of this next phase and the project could begin in 2019. Environmental, design and permitting work will continue on all segments to ensure each is ready for construction as soon as possible.

Marjie Kirn, SBCAG's Executive Director, said "The SBCAG Board is determined to widen the 101 freeway as fast as possible. The unanimous SBCAG Board vote today to continue construction from Carpinteria west toward Santa Barbara will enable 101 widening construction to be integrated into the existing bridge replacement work currently underway in Carpinteria. This phasing strategy will protect and leverage additional state transportation funding to compliment the Measure A funds committed by local voters and save local taxpayer money."

The U.S. 101 HOV Widening project is more than 50% complete. SBCAG continues to aggressively pursuing additional state and federal funding to complete the entire widening project. Governor Brown has included the 101 HOV Widening project on California's list of 50 high priority infrastructure projects submitted to President Trump for federal funding. Governor Brown also recently included the 101 HOV Widening project on a list of only six highway projects in the state of California for federal regulatory and environmental streamlining.

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 COMMENT 763907 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 05:14 PM

This should have been finished a long time ago.....

 

 COMMENT 763916 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 05:57 PM

Is moneycito ok with this?

 

 STRAY agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 06:38 PM

The original funding for this project, approved in a referendum by California voters, included freeway widening AND commuter rail to Ventura.

Freeway widening is now happening.

Commuter rail is NOT happening.

The freeway widening will only provide short-lived improvement in the traffic problems along the 101. Give it 3-4 years, and people will begin clamoring for 4 lanes due to all the vehicle traffic.

The commuter rail, the only viable long term solution to traffic congestion along the South Coast, will never happen. Sorry to say....but it's now or never.

 

 COMMENT 763939P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 07:41 PM

Now Caltrans needs to start cleaning up all the trash along this stretch. I honestly believe Caltrans is purposely ignoring the trash in this area as payback for what I consider legitimate concerns about the poor planning Caltrans has done re this widening. How can the monied of Montecito put up with all that trash through their community. Doesn't anyone fill out complaint forms on the caltrans website to get some clean up in this area? Hate to say Montecito 101 is ruining our property values.

 

 COMMENT 763944 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 08:11 PM

Aren't the segments of the freeway picked up by outside entities that sponsor either cleanup crews or do it themselves. Then they get their names on a placard on the freeway.

 

 COMMENT 763945 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 08:20 PM

Wow 939, wow. If you are so worried about your property values, how about building a 20th century roadway system to enable access to your village. 101 Trash? - LOL!

 

 COMMENT 763957P agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-16 11:42 PM

Litter is nasty. A curse on those who toss trash out of car windows and a curse on those who don't secure their dump loads or the junk in their truck beds. Caltrans should be keeping things clean. Get with it, Caltrans.

Personally, I loathe the upcoming removal of greenery and trees and all of the 101 plant life which creates beauty and oxygen. But, hey, concrete ugliness is what people want. And who cares about losing the natural attractiveness which exists there now?

 

 COMMENT 764033 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-17 10:13 AM

957 - I am willing to lose a bit of beauty to eliminate a much large ugliness that is cars parked on 101, excessive generation of air pollution and consumption of fuel, and incredible loss of productivity.

 

 RESIDENT agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-17 01:16 PM

907, Interesting history of this project in the Montecito Journal last week and this week.

It states that this project was funded and ready to go in the early '90s but Montecitans blocked it. Didn't want to upset the landscaping don't you know.

Now when the traffic is worse and it will cost 10 times more we are trying it again.

 

 COMMENT 764141 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-17 04:18 PM

This article left out some very important facts. The 101 HOV project is only half way funded, and it's questionable if they will obtain the rest of the money required. Currently, the EIR for the project has not been approved, and very serious questions have been raised about the project that makes the approval of the EIR questionable. Caltrans has stated that they will not begin construction of the project until a commuter train is in operation, and the owner of the railroad track, Union Pacific, has not given permission to operate a commuter train on their private property track. There is so much more, but I'm not allowed enough space to make every point.

 

 COMMENT 764158 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-17 05:22 PM

LA, Ventura, SB, and SLO Counties should use eminent domain to take back the tracks as public space (CalTrain) and then charge UP for their use.

Next segment of 101 NB from Carp should terminate the third lane onto Coast Village Rd at Olive Mill until Montecito gets out of the way. ;-)

 

 COMMENT 764264 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 08:21 AM

Amazing how the omnipotent UP and deranged NIMBYs have been able to stall this improvement for so long. Maybe, just maybe it will happen in our lifetime.

 

 COMMENT 764380 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-18 04:42 PM

Commuter rail??
Assuming that the proposal for commuter rail was genuine, and not simply a tool to get measure A passed, how would people get from the rail station to their jobs? MTD was never funded for extra service for this "proposed" commuter rail service. Few people would bike from the train station to work. Now we have a President who wants to defund rail service including Amtrak. The rail option has never been a real option beyond being a tool to fool voters into passing measure A, and the ridership is not sufficient to justify the extortionist costs Union Pacific charges to use their rails.

 

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