CONSTRUCTION OF WOODMERE DRIVE BARRIER WALL BEGINS
Construction of the Woodmere Drive Barrier Wall in Orcutt began on April 17, 2017. The project is located on Woodmere Drive, between the cross streets of Harmony Lane and Genoa Way. The project will construct a barrier wall between Woodmere Road and US 101. On March 21, 2017, the County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors awarded the construction contract for the wall to Souza Construction, Inc. The wall is expected to be completed by October 2017 contingent upon weather conditions. County Public Works Department staff will inspect and administer the construction of this project. Bob Nelson, Chief of Staff for Fourth District Supervisor Peter Adam, said, “The construction of these barrier walls are something our office has been advocating in favor of since Supervisor Adam’s first term began in 2013. Shortly after the completion of the Union Valley Parkway Interchange, residents made us aware of the unintended safety and noise consequences for the surrounding neighborhood to the south which were not addressed in the original project. Supervisor Adam took the lead to advocate to his SBCAG colleagues to allocate savings from the UVP project itself to add these necessary features to maintain the quality of life for the Orcutt residents who were affected.” The estimated construction cost of the project is $375,000 and is fully funded by Measure A regional funds through the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments. The project includes three separate barriers that will complete the existing wall parallel to Highway 101. The wall is estimated to be between 5 and 10 feet tall and approximately 600 feet long. Wall construction will occur on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Residents and visitors should observe construction area signs and prepare to stop when traveling through the site. Public Works Department officials thank local residents and the travelling public for their patience and cooperation during the construction of this project. For more information on this and other Santa Barbara County Public Works Transportation Division projects visit PWSB.net.