Caltrans to Add Carpool Lanes to Highway 101

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Caltrans to Add Carpool Lanes to Highway 101
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Caltrans will begin construction next week to add peak-period carpool lanes in each direction of US Highway 101 between the between the City of Carpinteria and the City of Santa Barbara. 

“This project will allow Caltrans to continue major improvements along this busy corridor. We are nearing completion of the US 101 Linden-Casitas Interchanges Project in Carpinteria and this new HOV project will provide connectivity to the Linden project and carpool lanes already completed in Ventura County, said Caltrans District 5 Director Tim Gubbins.  

This section of US 101 is used by about 95,000 motorists per day who travel between Santa Barbara and Ventura County including commuters, truckers and visitors.

The first phase of this $700 million overall project was awarded to Granite Construction of Santa Barbara.Construction will begin on Sunday night, April 5. It is part of the “lane and train” plan developed by Caltrans and the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), which also helped fund this HOV project with local sales tax revenue.  The completion date for this first phase of construction is 2021.

The public may contact the project team at www.SBROADS.COM OR CALL (805) 845-5112 or email at: [email protected]

The roadwork schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and materials or other construction-related issues. More information and updates on this project can be found at http://www.dot.ca.gov/d5/ or on Twitter via @CaltransD5

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d8vanilla Apr 05, 2020 02:51 PM
Caltrans to Add Carpool Lanes to Highway 101

Hopefully, they will make the signs bigger, bigger print.... as I'm driving past a carpool sign, I am unable to read the entire sign.... print is too small, and too many words . Rosecrans street in Los Angeles started adding 2 signs about 10- 20 ft apart, so a driver can finish reading the entire sign...and figure out which lane to be in for freeway entrances.... brilliant idea.

sbdude Apr 05, 2020 02:31 PM
Caltrans to Add Carpool Lanes to Highway 101

Until it's three lanes all the way to the county line, traffic will back up. They've been arguing about this since the 1980's and I expect it will be at least another 20 years. Of course, by then 3 lanes will be totally inadequate and the next 50 year fight over the 101 will begin.

Shasta Guy Apr 05, 2020 07:16 AM
Caltrans to Add Carpool Lanes to Highway 101

They will be “peak period” carpool lanes like the Bay Area, not the permanent carpool lanes like LA. This should really help with the Sunday backup for all those passing thru to go back south.

yacht rocked Apr 04, 2020 02:24 PM
Caltrans to Add Carpool Lanes to Highway 101

Glad to see the progress. Project planning around construction and closures has been excellent lately, and clear communication with public (weekly updates, responding to email comments/questions) is appreciated.

jak Apr 04, 2020 12:19 PM
Caltrans to Add Carpool Lanes to Highway 101

Rex, these projects are planned over the course of decades in California (which is why they tend to be out of date by the time they are started) and bids, proposals, contract awards, logistic prep, etc take many years. If you divert money now you can be sure of several things: 1) none of the money will be available for other priorities for months, 2) most of the money is allocated, borrowed, dedicated, or granted which means you would probably never be able to spend it on other things without paying it back and/or people going to jail, 3) the project would be delayed for years (it was already years overdue when I first moved to the area in the mid seventies) while traffic continued to fester. This may be a flawed project and the start timing is bad but better this than another decade of nothing. Trains will never solve the problem nor will commuter busses without a lot of local bus infrastructure at both ends of the corridor to feed ridership into the trains/ commuter busses.

REX OF SB Apr 04, 2020 11:30 AM
Caltrans to Add Carpool Lanes to Highway 101

We are facing a global financial breakdown of unprecedented proportions and THIS is how Caltrans chooses to spend money that should be spent on more important and necessary projects? Jesus, Mary and Jerome! Who is the brain trust behind this total irresponsibility? We cannot allow this to happen right now.

macpuzl Apr 05, 2020 11:46 AM
Caltrans to Add Carpool Lanes to Highway 101

More FUD and misinformation from Chip. ======================================================================== https://www.carbonbrief.org/factcheck-how-electric-vehicles-help-to-tackle-climate-change. ======================================================================== http://www.climatecentral.org/news/a-roadmap-to-climate-friendly-cars-2013-16318. ======================================================================== http://www.ucsusa.org/clean-vehicles/electric-vehicles/ev-emissions-tool#.VuolayjPb8t

Chip of SB Apr 05, 2020 11:16 AM
Caltrans to Add Carpool Lanes to Highway 101

Yes! If you’re rich, you shouldn’t have to drive in traffic. We will even help you pay for your $100k “zero emissions” (if you don’t think about how the battery was manufactured, how it’s charged, or how it’s disposed of) vehicle. If your not rich enough to buy a fancy impractical car, then we will make traffic worse for you, make your fuel more expensive, etc.

yacht rocked Apr 04, 2020 08:29 PM
Caltrans to Add Carpool Lanes to Highway 101

The support pylons in the median strip runs into trouble at the first bridge overcrossing that has supports in the median strip, unfortunately.

Tee Gee Apr 04, 2020 06:29 PM
Caltrans to Add Carpool Lanes to Highway 101

Tagdes; back in the early '70's, the railroads complained that they weren't making money on passengers anymore, and they might "fail". Sound familiar? So our federal government said that they (that is, WE, the taxpayers) would take over the passenger train business and the railroads could continue with freight, even though the railroads were deeded huge tracts of land in exchange for carrying passengers, in perpetuity. Thus, the genesis of Amtrak, which has consistently lost money, and will continue to do so until it finally dies a quiet death. I invoke this history only to illustrate the point that a typical commuter train can never succeed in our neck of the woods. However, has anyone considered that the state or federal government own the freeways, and that a monorail system could be handily constructed with support pylons in the median strip? I believe it would take less time than adding a commuter lane, and cost far less than Jerry Brown's train to nowhere. Just something to consider...

tagdes Apr 03, 2020 06:04 PM
Caltrans to Add Carpool Lanes to Highway 101

Because in LA the City and or County own the property. The only workable corridor here is owned by Union Pacific and it's been discussed before... nothing in the scope of viable commuter train would ever be allowed in their ROW.

a-1590545772 Apr 03, 2020 02:36 PM
Caltrans to Add Carpool Lanes to Highway 101

Will the Montecito NIMBYS finally have to give in when it comes to the new lanes? I sure hope so! We drivers have been screaming for this for over 20 years. I'll be 80 before it ever gets done!

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