The Highway 101: Linden and Casitas Pass Project is a mix of local circulation improvements and key bridge replacements that prepare for future Highway 101 widening. The roadway extensions, bike lanes, and sidewalk improvements will make it easier for residents to use local streets for in-town trips. The longer overcrossings, new bridges, and safer on and off-ramp connections all prepare for the future addition of a carpool lane on Highway 101.
This $60 million construction project is funded by state highway funds.
Throughout construction, Highway 101 will have two lanes open in each direction during the day. The majority of construction will occur behind concrete barriers during daytime work hours; some nighttime lane closures will occur.
*The construction schedule remains accelerated, but will finish up in spring 2020 due to Thomas Fire and weather delays.
The Highway 101 overcrossing at Casitas Pass Road is being expanded to include two lanes going toward the mountains, one lane going toward the beach, a left-hand turn lane to enter southbound Highway 101, and a median planter. Utilities will also be run through the new bridge. The Highway 101 southbound on and off-ramps will be improved, and the Highway 101 northbound on and off-ramps will have new access through Via Real.
The Highway 101 overcrossing at Linden Avenue is being widened to include two lanes going toward the mountains and one lane going toward the beach along with sidewalks and trees on both sides of the road. On the mountain side, Linden Avenue will also have a new turn lane to access northbound Highway 101.
Via Real is being extended approximately 3/4 mile from east of Carpinteria Creek north to Linden Avenue to improve local circulation. The Highway 101 on and off-ramps at Casitas Pass Road will also be reconfigured to enable safer access to the freeway.
New bridges are built over Carpinteria Creek. The Highway 101 bridges over Carpinteria Creek are 10 feet higher to improve water flow in the creek.