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Santa Maria River Bridges Construction
updated: Nov 07, 2012, 12:34 PM
Construction to widen the U.S. Hwy. 101 Santa Maria River Bridges continues with motorists on
southbound Hwy. 101 being temporarily detoured onto the newly constructed center median
structure for approximately six months. This realignment will allow for improvements to be made
to the existing southbound lanes.
Motorists may encounter a rough ride on the concrete surface which is a temporary condition as
they drive through this active construction zone. When the resurfacing of the existing
northbound and southbound lanes is complete the entire bridge will receive a final grinding to
ensure a smooth highway surface.
Cyclists should be aware of limited shoulder space on the bridge at all times during this phase
of construction. The following detour is recommended. Cyclists 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.
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