154 Traffic ETA?

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I have to travel up to Santa Ynez and back for work in the next few days. The online maps are all over the place, to readers have a more accurate time frame of how long it will take me to go to SYV and back on the 154?

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Babycakes Oct 14, 2021 02:47 PM
154 Traffic ETA?

If you MYST be up there, get yourself a nearby hotel room. The Buellton Motel 6 is probably the most budget friendly if that is a factor.

OGSB Oct 14, 2021 02:56 PM
154 Traffic ETA?

Just drove up to paso. It took 40 minutes from the bottom of 154 to the 101 N. This was at 11:30am. Lots of cars, but moving good.

John Wiley Oct 14, 2021 02:56 PM
154 Traffic ETA?

gMaps Traffic layer has been fairly accurate in relation to what we've seen on 154 at Foothill. Seems to vary a lot, though the usual factors like rush hour and weekend are good predictors of the worst. When it grinds to a halt, it takes much longer to clear than normal traffic. Maybe you can plan the drive for low traffic times or go when gMaps/Waze, etc say it's light. Of course, all it takes is one fender bender and you'll be glad to have a bag lunch.

SoCalMommy Oct 14, 2021 03:20 PM
154 Traffic ETA?

Will depend on the time you are traveling through. The morning commute has been a disaster, taking some 3 hours to go from Lompoc to Santa Barbara. Waze is a great app and is usually very accurate.

sfgac055 Oct 14, 2021 03:27 PM
154 Traffic ETA?

I live near 154/Foothill Rd. before 7:30AM traffic both North and Southbound on 154 in the area is flowing at regular speed. Between 4-6PM it's very backed up in both directions, moreso Northbound though. I haven't had to use 154 to get to/from the valley during the 101 closure, but I hope this helps a bit.

PitMix Oct 14, 2021 04:00 PM
154 Traffic ETA?

And with all of the traffic, one accident will bring everything to a grinding halt. Hopefully the 101 will be open by the weekend?

ParvoPup Oct 14, 2021 04:29 PM
154 Traffic ETA?

From the roundabout to the 101 (heading to SB)- if you are part of the 7:00 am to 8:00 am commute figure on an average of 1 hour 20 minutes. Was a lot slower the first day of the closure but people are either learning or avoiding.

Coming back from SB at anytime the past few days is hit-and-miss. I've been leaving SB anywhere between 4:45 and 5:30 pm. The first BIG pinch point is just getting onto the 154. Can take 20 minutes or more just to wind your way through the maze onto the 154 proper. Seems a bit faster if you enter from the Cathedral Oaks on-ramp.

From there, I've been averaging about 38 minutes to the top of the pass. Be alert for cars overheating, big trucks trying to force themselves into a lane. Get used to the smell of hot brakes on the downhill side.

Once you crest the top, stay in the number one lane and you should be able to book it up to at least 40 mph as everyone spreads out. You can run at moderate speeds for a good portion of the return trip but you will hit standstill pockets along the way - usually around blind turns - so stay alert. In all, if the gods are smiling, you should hit the roundabout in about 40 minutes from when you crested the pass.

Getoffmylawn Oct 14, 2021 04:57 PM
154 Traffic ETA?

Go way early and relax when you get there

pstarSR Oct 15, 2021 07:27 AM
154 Traffic ETA?

101 opened as of last night 6pm

Chip of SB Oct 15, 2021 12:25 PM
154 Traffic ETA?

We should make it a priority to widen 154 to 2 lanes in each direction with wall in the median and wide shoulders. This would make the highway much safer, saving countless lives and life changing injuries every year. The 154 is also our only backup option when the 101 is closed. Our roads are just barely adequate when everything is running smoothly. It would be wise to build a little extra capacity into the system.

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