Cathedral Oaks Road Detour

Cathedral Oaks Road at Calle Real (Courtesy)

A detour is in place for Cathedral Oaks Road around the closure between Calle Real and Winchester Circle. The detour routes drivers down Calle Real and Winchester Canyon Road to the opposite end of the closed road section. The detour is shown in the map below.

The City closed Cathedral Oaks Road on February 4, 2024, between Winchester Circle and Calle Real. Heavy rains and storm runoff have heavily damaged both the slopes and the 40-foot high crib walls supporting Cathedral Oaks Road and the adjacent bike path.

A Crib Wall is a type of large-scale retaining wall that retains an earthen slope. This damage raised concerns over the integrity of the roadway and thus prompted the closure of this portion of Cathedral Oaks Road.

Map of Cathedral Oaks Road Closure Detour (Courtesy)

Initial inspections have been completed by the City’s engineers. Pending a determination of the extent of damage, costs of repair, and available funding, this portion of Cathedral Oaks Road will remain closed until deemed safe for traffic. The City will be hiring an engineering firm to design the reconstruction of the slope and new retaining walls. City staff understand the value of opening this portion of Cathedral Oaks, and are dedicated to delivering repairs as quickly as possible. This project is complex and expensive, so we appreciate your patience during this time.

Project updates can be found here.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Project Manager Michael Winnewisser at (805) 690-5120 or


Written by CityofGoleta

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  1. Last short bit of Cathedral Oaks@101 has been at risk for a while, possibly also made a little worse by grass fire(s) on that West slope. Relatively minor inconvenience for a hopefully long term fix. Here’s a gMaps 3D “aerial” look at that slope toward the East that makes it easier to see that bit (outlined in red on Ed’s map).
    Short link:
    Full link:,-119.907477,88a,35y,83.91h,65.75t/data=!3m1!1e3?entry=ttu

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