Construction Updates

As part of our ongoing effort to keep the community up to date on the Highway 101: Linden and Casitas Pass Project, we send out regular project construction updates via email. The following is the current construction update.


March 25 - April 7, 2018

Scheduled Construction

Casitas Pass Road Overcrossing

  • The southbound Highway 101 on-ramp at Casitas Pass reopened on March 19th. The improvements to the ARCO driveways are also complete.
  • Southern California Edison crews will install a new utility pole on Casitas Pass near Cameo Road on Wednesday, March 27th. Work will occur behind safety barriers.
  • On Thursday, March 29th, crews will pave and finishing connecting the new overcrossing to Casitas Pass Road, Via Real, the northbound off-ramp at Casitas Pass, and local intersection connections.
    • Daytime closures & flagging:
      • The northbound Highway 101 off-ramp at Casitas Pass Road will be closed from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.
      • Casitas Pass Road will have alternating traffic control near the freeway on Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Please expect 5 minute delays.
  • Following improvements, traffic will be shifted onto the new overcrossing. Please be mindful of the new traffic patterns when driving in the area.

Linden Avenue Overcrossing

  • Utility work continues to install connections through the new overcrossing. Crews will also create the wood forms and then install the steel for the bridge deck.
  • For the retaining wall on the ocean-side of the Linden Avenue Overcrossing, work continues on rebar installation and concrete pours for the internal supports of the wall.

Via Real

  • Via Real Bridge over Carpinteria Creek
    • Work continues on the new safety barrier on the mountain-side of the bridge.
    • A water line will be installed through the new bridge.
  • Crews will continue sidewalk work on the new Via Real connection to Casitas Pass Road.

Highway 101

  • Bridges over Carpinteria Creek
    • Crews will install creek diversion measures to prepare for the old southbound bridge removal and upcoming work on the new sections of the northbound and southbound Highway 101 bridges.
    • The old southbound Highway 101 bridge will be removed Wednesday through Friday, March 28th - 30th (weather permitting). This work is occurring ahead of schedule to prevent future flooding of freeway lanes by improving water flow in the creek.
  • Drainage and irrigation work continues for the new on and off-ramps at Casitas Pass Road, median, shoulder areas, and along Casitas Pass Road near the construction yard.

New Pedestrian & Bike Facilities on Via Real

  • Work on Via Real is being accelerated to allow pedestrians and bicyclists to use the new sidewalks and multipurpose paths by the end of March. Based on responses to storm damage and utility schedules, the Carpinteria Creek bikeway will not open temporarily this spring. The Via Real connection will provide new access across Carpinteria Creek over to Casitas Pass Road. Opening pedestrian and bike access early allows for ongoing construction of the Carpinteria Creek bridges, early removal of the old southbound Highway 101 bridge, and ongoing access during winter storms.

Upcoming Work: spring/summer

  • The segment of Via Real between Casitas Pass Road and Hales Lane will be closed for up to 1 month. Improvements in this area will prepare for the upcoming Via Real connection up to Linden Avenue. A detour will be available for access to northbound Highway 101. Local resident access to Hales Lane will be available from Vallecito Road and east on Via Real.
  • The Highway 101 southbound off-ramp at Casitas Pass Road will close for up to 1 month. The closure will enable the removal of the old Casitas Pass Road Overcrossing and off-ramp improvements.
  • Sewer realignment work in preparation for the Nipomo Drive sound wall.
  • Carpinteria Valley Water District will install a new water line on Linden Avenue in preparation for the new Linden Avenue Overcrossing. Once the overcrossing is built, the water line will be connected over the new bridge.

Construction Cameras

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Linden Avenue Overcrossing

Casitas Pass Overcrossing


The timeline below is a reference tool to highlight planned construction of key components, temporary closures, and project openings. The schedule may change to enable construction efficiencies or to accommodate changes in weather.