Turnpike Onramp Now Open

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Photos: Jim Shivers / Caltrans

Update by Caltrans
February 21, 2020
 

The southbound US Highway 101 on-ramp at Turnpike Road is expected to re-open by 12 noon today following a closure this past December due to a sinkhole located between the on-ramp and the right shoulder of the southbound lanes. The discovery of this sinkhole was followed by the closure of the on-ramp to maintain public safety.
 
Caltrans began excavation work under an emergency contract last month and has completed work on a damaged deteriorated corrugated steel and reinforced concrete pipe 40 feet below the surface.  The contractor for this $1 million project is Granite Construction of Santa Barbara, CA.
 
Caltrans wishes to thank the community for their patience during these emergency repairs.


By edhat staff
February 20, 2020
 

Caltrans plans to reopen the Turnpike southbound onramp to Highway 101 this Friday following the repair of a sinkhole.

This sinkhole was discovered on December 27, followed by the closure of the on-ramp to maintain public safety. Caltrans began excavation work under an emergency contract and discovered additional damage to the deteriorated corrugated steel and reinforced concrete pipe 30 to 40 feet below the surface. 

Additional excavation near southbound Highway 101 was needed to complete these repairs, extending the closure of the onramp. 

Paving is currently underway and Caltrans hopes to reopen the area on Friday. 

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a-1586347282 Feb 22, 2020 08:32 AM
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$1 million for the emergency contract to excavate the original pipe. But half way through Granite reported there was more problems. It extended the contract. How Much Was The Cost of The Change Order? Does nobody that reports know this? For I'm sure if Granite decided to just be good guys and do extra work for no extra charge, we'd be hearing about it. And yes. Paying $1 Million to dig a hole is despicable on all levels.

Z Feb 22, 2020 09:26 AM
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Methinks the $1M was an open-ended contract and the job total was less than a million. No reputable contractor (like Granite) signs a firm-fixed-price contract to fix something they can't see, buried in the ground, to CalTrans standards. Digging a hole in the ground was the leastof it.

RHS Feb 22, 2020 08:23 AM
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Nice. Our tax money at work. Great job. Many who constantly criticize government need to remember this sort of thing when they do.

a-1586347282 Feb 21, 2020 04:50 PM
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Bravo CalTrans. Good work. Now back to the Carpinteria Eternal in Perpetuity Project.

a-1586347282 Feb 21, 2020 04:18 PM
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Considering the depth of the sink hole and the amount of excavation required to effect the repairs I think that CalTrans did a good job to get it open this quickly. Kudos for that!

PitMix Feb 24, 2020 09:09 AM
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Kudos for being 2 months late? Wow, the bar has been set really low.

blazer Feb 21, 2020 03:42 PM
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Open just in time for Friday rush hour. All hail the Orange Vest.

a-1586347282 Feb 22, 2020 08:35 AM
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Why are you cheering on Cal Trans when Granite Construction, a private company, was the contractor?

a-1586347282 Feb 20, 2020 04:19 PM
Turnpike Onramp Now Open

Will Cal Trans be out there giving away free In N Out burgers to everybody?

CS805 Feb 20, 2020 04:49 PM
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If people think the Chick-Fil-A line is bad.... I wouldn't want to see what that turned into

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