Caltrans Continues Turnpike Sinkhole Repair
The southbound US Highway 101 on-ramp at Turnpike Road remains closed due to a sinkhole located between the on-ramp and the right shoulder of the southbound lanes. This sinkhole was discovered on Dec. 27, followed by the closure of the on-ramp to maintain public safety.
Caltrans began excavation work under an emergency contract three weeks ago and has discovered additional damage to the deteriorated corrugated steel and reinforced concrete pipe 30 to 40 feet below the surface. This will result in additional excavation near southbound US 101 to complete these repairs.
Construction will continue seven days a week from 7 am until 5 pm. It is anticipated this ramp will re-open in mid to late February, weather permitting.
In addition, the No. 3 (right) southbound lane of US 101 at Turnpike Road will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 9 am until 2 pm to allow for the movement of protective barrier and traffic safety devices.
Motorists headed southbound may enter US 101 at South Patterson Avenue or State Street. Delays are not expected to exceed 10 minutes. The contractor for this $1 million project is Granite Construction of Santa Barbara, CA.