The Highway 101: Carpinteria project will begin construction on the night of Sunday, April 5th. This is the first segment of the Highway 101: Carpinteria to Santa Barbara project that will add peak-period, carpool lanes between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. In addition to new freeway lanes, the project includes new bridges over Santa Monica and Franklin Creeks, updated on- and off-ramps, and local intersection improvements.

“This project is a significant step in addressing freeway traffic congestion that has increased over the last 30 years,” said Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) Executive Director Marjie Kirn. “We are grateful to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) for recognizing the importance of this project and voting the construction funds at their meeting on Wednesday, March 25th. Our local transportation sales tax, Measure A, continues to be a valuable funding resource that has enabled SBCAG to leverage significant funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB1) to fully fund seven of the 10 miles of the Highway 101: Carpinteria to Santa Barbara project and also implement other components of the “lane and train” solution. There is a lot of work that has to occur across a number of government agencies to bring these projects to fruition, and our team is looking forward to continuing that process as we apply for funding for the remaining segments in Montecito and Santa Barbara later this summer to complete the corridor.”

"We are very pleased to be starting the Highway 101: Carpinteria project on the heels of the Highway 101: Linden and Casitas Pass project. Highway 101: Linden and Casitas Pass is finishing up new local road connections, bridges, bike lanes, and sidewalks on the local streets in Carpinteria. The widening of the new Linden Avenue and Casitas Pass Road Overcrossings will easily allow for carpool lanes to be built on U.S. 101 below these bridges,” said California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 5 Director Tim Gubbins.

Highway 101: Carpinteria will add a carpool lane in each direction and key improvements in an area that has not been updated since the freeway was originally built in the 1950s. Granite Construction will begin work on the night of Sunday, April 5th. Please expect to see initial safety fencing, safety barriers to shift lanes, and work to build up outside shoulders. Then lanes will be shifted and the first year of work will focus on the southbound side of U.S. 101. It is important to note that construction of public works projects is an essential government service even during current health measures. Our teams are working to ensure that these needed improvements are built while accommodating safe working conditions.

“Over the last four years of construction, we have seen a lot of roadwork around Casitas Pass Road, Linden Avenue, and the extension of Via Real. The new bridges over Carpinteria Creek have already reduced the impacts of large floods, and the sound walls are helping reduce freeway noise in our neighborhoods,” said City of Carpinteria City Manager Dave Durflinger. “We are looking forward to having three freeway lanes in each direction throughout Carpinteria and welcome the start of Highway 101: Carpinteria.”

This project is a partnership between Caltrans, the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, and the City of Carpinteria with state funding approved by the California Transportation Commission.

About Highway 101: Carpinteria
Highway 101: Carpinteria will add a peak-period carpool lane to the freeway in each direction within the City of Carpinteria between Bailard Avenue and the southbound Highway 101 on-ramp at Santa Claus Lane. The new lanes will tie into recently added third lanes to the south and upcoming projects to the north.

New bridges will be built over Franklin and Santa Monica Creeks. There will be freeway on- and off-ramp improvements at Santa Monica Road, Carpinteria Avenue, and Reynolds Avenue. Six new sound walls will be constructed to reduce freeway noise for neighbors. On local streets, there will be improvements to the intersections at Santa Monica Road & Via Real, Reynolds & Carpinteria Avenues, and Bailard Avenue & the freeway ramps.

Highway 101: Carpinteria is one of the five segments (see map below) that make up the Highway 101: Carpinteria to Santa Barbara project undertaken by Caltrans and SBCAG in cooperation with local agencies to add a new carpool lane in each direction between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. The project will improve bridges, interchanges, on- and off-ramps, and add sound walls. The Highway 101: Carpinteria to Santa Barbara project is forecasted to cost $700 million and funding has been awarded for the first three segments from SB1, state funds, and Measure A. Highway 101: Carpinteria is a $96 million construction and landscaping project.