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101 HOV Widening Strategy
updated: Mar 16, 2017, 4:39 PM

By SBCAG

The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) Board unanimously voted today to adopt a construction phasing strategy for the 101 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Widening Project. Construction of the 101 HOV Widening project will be built in five segments planned between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. The next phase of freeway construction will overlap the currently underway construction of the Linden & Casitas Pass Interchanges project in Carpinteria and complete the new part-time carpool lanes the full length of the Carpinteria City limits. Full funding is available for construction of this next phase and the project could begin in 2019. Environmental, design and permitting work will continue on all segments to ensure each is ready for construction as soon as possible.

Marjie Kirn, SBCAG's Executive Director, said "The SBCAG Board is determined to widen the 101 freeway as fast as possible. The unanimous SBCAG Board vote today to continue construction from Carpinteria west toward Santa Barbara will enable 101 widening construction to be integrated into the existing bridge replacement work currently underway in Carpinteria. This phasing strategy will protect and leverage additional state transportation funding to compliment the Measure A funds committed by local voters and save local taxpayer money."

The U.S. 101 HOV Widening project is more than 50% complete. SBCAG continues to aggressively pursuing additional state and federal funding to complete the entire widening project. Governor Brown has included the 101 HOV Widening project on California's list of 50 high priority infrastructure projects submitted to President Trump for federal funding. Governor Brown also recently included the 101 HOV Widening project on a list of only six highway projects in the state of California for federal regulatory and environmental streamlining.

 

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