Santa Barbara County Public Works Transportation Division
Santa Barbara County Public Works Transportation Division

Current Projects

Hot Springs Road
Shoulder Improvements

The Hot Springs Shoulder Improvement project is part of larger efforts to complete repairs to county facilities throughout Montecito, damaged or destroyed, during the January 9th Debris Flow Incident and subsequent storms. As part of that work, the County is constructing improved walking shoulders that were identified in the Montecito Community Plan. This new path from the City Limits to Middle Road will increase connectivity and enhances recent work by the Bucket Brigade and Montecito Trails Foundation to maintain and create a walkable community.

Construction includes moving the curb out towards the road about two feet and clearing a path along the shoulder. The project footprint is entirely in the County’s road right of way and is designed to limit impacts to residents’ landscaping and other encroachments in front of their houses.

This project is tentatively scheduled to start on January 25, 2021 and finish by February 12, 2021.

Project Scope:

  • Construction of new curb, shifting it out towards the road to minimize impacts to encroachments such as landscaping, etc.
  • Regrading the east shoulder to re-establish clear zones and provide 4-6’ flat areas behind the curb
  • Placing base rock behind the curb
  • Constructing new asphalt driveway approaches
  • Resetting mailboxes and other encroachments as needed

As a separate project, the County is working with community groups to install a decomposed granite surface. That project will occur after completion of the curb and driveway improvements.

Isla Vista Pasado Road Infill Project

Constructing sidewalk on Pasado Road betwen Camino Corto and Camino Pescadero will complete key links in the sidewalk network and improve pedestrian route connectivity in the Isla Vista area. Pasado Road is a residential street with high pedestrian traffic. This project will serve a large number of residents in the Isla Vista community and provide improved pedestrian access to several nearby businesses and the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) campus. Over half of the funding for construction is anticipated to come from UCSB and is part of an ongoing five-year plan between the County of Santa Barbara and the University to improve pedestrian safety and infill missing sidewalk locations within Isla Vista. Construction is scheduled to begin in February 2021 and to be completed by May 2021.

Floradale Bridge Replacement

The demolition of the current six span, 521-ft, two-lane Floradale Ave Bridge and associated roadway approaches and replacement with a new 580-ft two lane concrete bridge and roadway approaches. The new bridge would provide the same number of travel lanes (two) but would be approx 1.5 ft wider. The total width including rails would be approx 43.5 ft. The proposed bridge would consist of a four span cast-in-place-post-tensioned concrete box girder, with a type 742 barrier with tubular bicycle railing. The bridge would be supported on seat type abutments and three 6-ft by 8-ft single column piers on 10-ft cast-in-drilled-hole piles. The new bridge would be located approximately 60 feet west of the current bridge and reconstruction of the existing intersection of Floradale Ave and Rancho Lompoc Farm Rd. The current schedule is to request construction authorization from Caltrans and Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) in September of 2020, and advertise the project in October or November of 2020 in order to begin construction in Spring 2021. The project will have a 2-year construction period, with parallel construction of new bridge structure while maintaining traffic on the existing structure. Once new bridge structure is complete and traffic is able to utilize, the existing bridge structure will be demolished.

Modoc Wall

This project includes constructing a wall that will provide a wider shoulder on Modoc Road's south side. Located between the Santa Barbara City Limits and the La Cumbre Country Club entrance, the wall will also provide space for the Obern Multiuse Trail Extension Project, which will be built in the next 2-3 years. Construction will begin in April and last approximately four weeks. There will be traffic control in place during construction, with delays up to five minutes during certain operations.