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Hwy 101 Detour
updated: Jun 19, 2012, 2:00 PM
The northbound lanes of US. Highway 101 near Gaviota State Park will be closed 24/7 for about 2-3 weeks,
tentatively beginning on Monday, July 9, to replace a drainage culvert under the highway. These emergency
repairs are necessary to prevent a more serious, long-term roadway failure and to maintain a safe highway
Motorists traveling northbound will be detoured onto southbound Hwy. 101 lanes. The two southbound lanes will
be reduced to one lane in each direction through the Gaviota Pass area. Northbound and southbound two-way
traffic will be separated with channelizers from just south of Gaviota State Park at Mariposa/Reina to the
Hwy. 101/ Hwy. 1 interchange.
Southbound traffic will be reduced down to one lane beginning at the Nojoqui Grade.
The speed limit in the area will be temporarily reduced and motorists may encounter slow moving trucks due to
the grades and curves in this area. The CHP will be patrolling the project area to enhance traffic safety and
electronic message signs will be posted to advise motorists.
Both Gaviota Roadside Rest Areas will also be shut down, however Hwy. 101 will remain OPEN during this traffic
switch and all businesses in the surrounding area will be accessible as well.
In addition, the northbound 101 left-turn pocket into Gaviota State Park will be closed. Motorists will be
detoured north to the Hwy. 101/1 Interchange before returning to the park. Also, motorists exiting the State
Park must turn right onto southbound Hwy. 101 to the Mariposa/Reina interchange, where they can turn around to
The contractor for this $1.5 million emergency repair project is Granite Construction of Santa Barbara.
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