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Traffic Realignment on Hwy. 101
updated: Oct 23, 2012, 10:46 AM
Construction to widen the U.S. Hwy. 101 Santa Maria River Bridge will result in motorists on southbound
Hwy. 101 being temporarily detoured off Hwy. 101 at the southbound Hwy. 166 off-ramp before re-
entering the highway on-ramp only on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 24 beginning at 9 pm.
This detour will allow for the realignment of the southbound lanes of Hwy. 101 onto the newly
constructed median structure which will be used by motorists for approximately six months. This
realignment will allow for improvements to be made to the existing southbound lanes.
Cyclists should be aware of limited shoulder space on the bridge at all times during this phase of
construction. The following detour is recommended. Bicyclists traveling southbound can detour along
Thompson Avenue to Highway 166 East to Bull Canyon Road to Donovan Road. Those traveling
northbound can detour along Donovan Road to Bull Canyon Road to Highway 166 West to Thompson
This project will widen the bridge from two to three lanes in each direction with inside/outside
shoulders and will include a bicycle path near the southbound lanes behind a concrete barrier. In
addition, all existing traffic lanes will be resurfaced.
The contractor for this $31 million project is Flatiron West Inc. of San Marcos, CA. The project is about
65% complete. It is expected to be completed in early 2014.
The public may view the Caltrans Live Streaming Video of the Santa Maria River Bridge at:
Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones
For traffic updates on other state highways in San Luis Obispo County, motorists can call Caltrans
District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit the District 5 website at:
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