Concrete Slabs Installed on Highway 101

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Concrete Slabs Installed on Highway 101
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Source: Caltrans

An emergency project to replace concrete slabs along a two-mile section of US Highway 101 in both directions through the City of Buellton is continuing this week, Caltrans officials today have announced.

Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions of US Highway 101 Monday through Thursday from 6 am until 5 pm and Friday from 6 am until 3 pm.  Construction during the overnight hours will take place beginning Sunday, Nov. 19 through Wednesday morning, Nov. 22 from 7 pm to 6 am. 

The contractor for this $4 million project is Papich Construction of Grover Beach, CA.  It is scheduled to be complete in early 2018, weather permitting.

This project is part of Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.  This project is one of many being accelerated statewide to improve the distressed surface on the state highway system.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.

For traffic updates in Santa Barbara County, motorists may call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or can visit our website at:

(Photos of US Highway 101 Slab Replacement Project in the City of Buellton)

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a-1510703503 Nov 14, 2017 03:51 PM
Concrete Slabs Installed on Highway 101

Can somebody explain to me, why they didn't just pour the concrete? Will it last longer? Is this the way its done and I just didn't know? What am I missing here? Not being a smarty pants, just trying to get information/educated on it.

richyrich Nov 17, 2017 10:26 AM
Concrete Slabs Installed on Highway 101

I think it might have to do with how long it takes to cure the concrete properly. The slower it dries the stronger it is. So maybe it was cheaper and more practical to let it cure elsewhere and then simply install it when it's ready.

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