San Ysidro Roundabout
The County of Santa Barbara is in the preliminary design phase of a roundabout at the San Ysidro Road intersection. The County and City of Santa Barbara, in coordination with the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) are in the preliminary design phase of a roundabout at the Olive Mill intersection. The new intersection configuration will enhance traffic operations and safety for motor vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The project is related to the completion of the proposed improvements included in the South Coast Route 101 (US-101) High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes Project-North Segment (HOV Project) that will add an additional lane in both directions of travel for high occupancy vehicles during the peak hour.
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Hollister Avenue and State Street Improvements
Hollister Avenue from San Antonio Road to Modoc Road and State Street from Modoc Road to State Route 154 are primary thoroughfares in Santa Barbara County. This corridor serves as an alternative route to U.S. 101 and needs improvements to accommodate travel at current and future traffic volumes. Proposed improvements include two travel lanes in each direction with a center turn lane to improve circulation, sidewalks, bike lanes, enhanced bus stops, and a new railroad bridge. The project will promote a unified sense of community, improve public health and welfare, provide alternative routes, and stimulate economic development throughout the area. The County’s goal is to enhance the character and attractiveness of the corridor and to better define the area as a gateway between the City of Santa Barbara and the Eastern Goleta Valley.
Modoc Multi-use Path
The Caltrans Active Transportation Program (ATP) helps fund projects that encourage increased use of active modes of transportation such as walking and biking. Projects are selected through a statewide competitive process and approved by the California Transportation Commission (CTC) every two years. Following the evaluation process for this competitive program, CTC staff is recommending nearly $13 million in ATP funding for five projects, including $5.35M for a Class 1 multi-use trail/bike path along Modoc Road between La Cumbre Road and the Obern Trail near Hollister Avenue.
Union Valley Parkway Barrier Wall
Residents abutting the Union Valley Parkway / US 101 southbound on-ramp will soon see a barrier between themselves and the on-ramp. The County will be using pre-fabricated modular wall system approximately 11 feet high and panels about 10’ wide. To be built entirely within Caltrans’ right-ow-way, the barrier wall will be about 800 feet long along the on-ramp.
Construction is anticipated to start this spring, and will take approximately two weeks to complete.