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

Planned Projects

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.

East Mountain Drive at Cold Springs Creek Bridge

The County of Santa Barbara, with oversight from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), plans to replace the previous East Mountain Drive low water crossing with a concrete bridge on the same alignment. The project is located in southeast Santa Barbara County along East Mountain Drive, where it crosses Cold Spring Creek, approximately 1.1 miles north of State Route 192 (SR-192; Sycamore Canyon Road), and approximately 3.5 miles east of downtown City of Santa Barbara.

Obern Trail Lighting Imrprovements

The Obern Trail represents the South Coast's highest volume cycling commuter corridor. Due to the nature of commuting to and from work and school, much of the activity on this corridor occurs in the early morning hours and in the evening when the conditions can be quite dark. Currently, the path is illuminated with severely deteriorated high-pressure sodium pathway lights installed over 30 years ago. These lights are energy inefficient and require frequent maintenance. The aging lights are failing which leaves the bike path corridor without adequate night lighting. This causes cyclists to avoid using this key bikeway that is specifically designed to help cyclists avoid high traffic volumes on the Hollister corridor. The proposed repairs for this project include replacing 55 of the existing lights, with new energy efficient, long lasting LED light fixtures. Construction is estimated to begin early/mid 2022.